Skip to main content

Free Content Making Practice Decisions: Is What's Good for the Goose Good for the Gander?

Download Article:
 Download
(PDF 1123.947265625 kb)
 
This study explored criteria social workers and social work students reported using to make decisions in three situations: with clients, when seeking help from a physician regarding a serious medical problem of their own, and criteria they would ideally like to use when working with clients. Criteria included both those that do not provide a rigorous appraisal of the accuracy of claims such as experience with a few cases and what is usually offered in an agency, and criteria reflecting a rigorous appraisal of claims such as results of controlled experimental studies. Results showed that in five samples of social workers and social work students (n = 207), respondents would hold their doctor to a statistically significantly higher standard of evidence than they would themselves. That is, respondents reported reliance on weak criteria when making decisions about their clients but wanted their physicians to rely on rigorous criteria. They reported that, ideally, they would like to use evidence-based criteria to make practice decisions. Possible reasons for reported use of different criteria in different situations are discussed and suggestions made for encouraging social workers to be more evidence-based (e.g., to search for research findings related to important practice decisions and critically appraise what is found as required by their professional code of ethics).
No References for this article.
No Supplementary Data.
No Data/Media
No Metrics

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: 1: University of California at Berkeley 2: University of Wisconsin Eau Clarie, Wl

Publication date: 2002-01-01

  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more