Episode 21 - Dr. Denise Bronson: Doing Evidence-Based Social Work Practice

Monday, June 01, 2009, 11:01:05 AM

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In this episode, Professor Bronson gives her thoughts on evidence-based social work practice as both a philosophy of practice and an approach to practice. She discusses the steps in the EBP process, and describes the importance of practitioner/researcher collaboration in response to the age-old question, "What works, with whom, under what circumstances?"

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Average Rating: 5stars  a refreshing approach to evidence-based practice, Saturday, January 29, 2011

By Andrew Wilton :

Dr. Bronson's responses during this interview helped to explain the nature of evidence-based practice in social work as it relates to both researchers and practitioners. Her definition of evidence-based practice as a combination of research evidence, clinical expertise, and client values is reinforced throughout the interview and helps to relate the topic to a trauma-informed human rights approach. As such, Dr. Bronson not only discusses the importance of the researcher and practitioner in evidence-based practice, but also the role of the client. When determining the most appropriate intervention for a particular situation, she emphasizes the importance of cultural context and client input with regard to the intervention. In performing evidence-based work, Dr. Bronson suggests the practitioner review possible interventions related to the problem at hand and determine which are most effective, but conclude by involving the client in the final decision-making process. Dr. Bronson's discussion of the systematic review gives the practitioner useful background information on the research associated with evidence-based practice and helps to differentiate it from similar forms of research, such as the standard literature review. She provides a variety of effective ways for determining the credibility of a particular systematic review, such as reviewing the related sponsors and original source. I feel that Dr. Bronson's approach is informative, yet refreshing and I would highly recommend this podcast to anyone interested in learning more about evidence-based practice!

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Average Rating: 5stars  ebp, Tuesday, July 20, 2010

By Dawn M :

Dr. Bronson helped me further understand what Evidence Based Practice is and led me to many different links that will be helpful when I begin to practice. Evidence based practice is the integration of “best” research practice with clinical expertise and client values. There must be enough support by research and the program or technique that you are using must be relevant. Systematic reviews, the foundation of Evidence Based Practice, are available for any practitioners. Systematic reviews begin with a practice problem, then they formulate a research question, sometimes a meta-analysis is done, the results of the research are compared to a specific program. To be a good social worker you must being willing to use the best evidence to guide your practice, know and use what works, and expand your knowledge on new advances in treatment.

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Average Rating: 5stars  very pleased, Sunday, September 13, 2009

By Veronica :

This podcast was very understandable for students and really helped me put evidence-based practice into perspective

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Average Rating: 5stars  the role of systematic reviews in ebp, Monday, July 27, 2009

By Jonathan Singer :

I really liked this interview. The interviewer, Howard Doueck, asked questions that were short and to the point, and provided the occasional summary to keep the listener on track. Dr. Bronson was thoughtful, clearly informed on the subject, and easy to listen to. This interview would be good "assigned listening" in advanced clinical practice courses, and research or evaluation course at the master's or doctoral level.

I think this podcast would be more accurately titled, "the role of systematic reviews in EBP." Dr. Bronson spent most of her time speaking about systematic reviews as tools for practitioners. She did a wonderful job explaining the difference between a literature review and a systematic review. She provided practical suggestions about how students and practitioners can search for and use systematic reviews, and how practitioner have a responsibility to let researchers know what types of scholarly analysis will improve direct practice.

It would be helpful to have links on the podcast website to the resources mentioned by the interviewer, such as the Campbell Collaboration

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