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Improving Substance Abuse Treatment

Improving Substance Abuse Treatment
An Introduction to the Evidence-Based Practice Movement

July 2007 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This book is an attempt to bridge the gap between research on substance abuse treatment programs and what actually goes on in the field of substance abuse treatment. It is aimed at both the academic and practitioner market (as is Perkinson) and it clearly describes how to determine what evidence based practice is and it addresses some of the challenges that practioners and agency directors might face in implementing EBP. The book is well-written and highly practical. It contains two complete case studies that outline two examples of Evidence based practice which will be particularly useful in the course market.
Ch 1: Introduction

A Working Definition of Evidence-Based Practice

Overview of the Book

Ch 2: What Are Evidence-Based Practices?
Bias in Research Studies

What Is Treatment as Usual?

Research-Practice Gaps

Bridging the Gap

Types of Research-Based Practices

Clinical Practice Guidelines/Consensus Documents

Evidence-Based Practices

Practice Improvements

Some Challenges to the Evidence-Based Practice Movement


Ch 3: Determining What Is Evidence-Based
What Is "Evidence"?

Three Efforts to Develop Criteria for Evidence-Based Practice

The Iowa Experience

The Oregon Mandate

The Federal Response: National Registry of Effective Practices and Programs (NREPP)


Addendum: Suggestions for Developing Criteria

Ch 4: Adoption and Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices
Assessment of Readiness to Change

Instituting Organizational Change

Challenges to Implementation

Training Issues

Client Variation

Provider/Staff Variation

Program/Agency Variation



Negative Attitudes/Lack of Knowledge About Research

Lack of Practice-Research Partnerships/Collaborations

Lack of Resources

Organizational Structure

The Practice Itself



Ch 5: Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices
Process Evaluation (Fidelity)

Outcome Evaluation

Program Evaluation


Ch 6: A Research Primer: Overview, Hypotheses, and Variables
Why Is Research Important?

Types of Research

Quantitative and Qualitative

Laboratory and Field Studies

The Research Process (Step by Step)

Research Questions/Hypotheses



Ch 7: Research Methods
Two Basic Types of Research Designs

The Gold Standard: Randomized Clinical Trials

Other Research Designs

Selecting a Sample

Generalizability of Samples

Institutional Review Boards

Loss of Confidentiality

Risk-Benefit Analyses

Misrepresentation of Risks or Benefits



Research Procedures/Data Collection

Cross-Sectional Versus Longitudinal Designs

Data Collection Methods


Ch 8: Data Analysis and Interpretation
Descriptive Statistics

Reliability and Validity of Measurement Tools

Interpreting Descriptive Statistics

Inferential Statistics

Other Statistical Methods

Methods for Understanding Inferential Statistics

Example: Interpretation of a Clinical Trial



Outcome Measures




Ch 9: Qualitative Research, Dissemination, and Funding
Introduction to Qualitative Research

Qualitative Methods

Another Example of Qualitative Research in Substance Abuse

Data Reporting and Dissemination

Funding Sources


Ch 10: Conclusions and Future Directions
Barriers to Conducting Research in Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention Agencies

Major Themes Identified in This Book

Implications for the Field



Glossary of Key Terms
References and Web Resources
Appendix A: Text of Oregon Law
About the Author

Provides clear and updated text.

Ms Yolanda Greene-allen-boggs
gen studies & counseling in ed, uco ad sped
December 3, 2011

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