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Improving Substance Abuse Treatment

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

May 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
Key features
This book has a number of features and benefits:
1) Written in a practical, easy-to-understand tone
2) Brief and thus competitively priced to be used as a T2
3) Illustrative cases in each chapter to highlight the case in point
4) An appendix of current practices that meet evidence-based practice criteria
5) A short resource section including using SPSS and websites
6) A worksheet with guidelines on reading research articles

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