Helping People with Mental Ilness: What are Evidence-Based Practices

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Evidence-based practices are practices that have been proven through research and studies to be effective in helping people with mental illness reach their goals and experience recovery specific to them. A practice that is evidence based is proven through research, has clinicians who are trained and qualified applying it in their therapy, and takes into account what the patient wants out of the clinical experience and values as important. When a treatment is developed many times it is considered to be effective based on personal experiences or observations but not supported by empirical evidence. Evidence based practices are types of treatments or interventions that have reliable scientific evidence backing it up. The scientific …show more content…
This process helps the researcher stay unbiased and not allow his opinion and beliefs to influence the results. The process of gathering information in a scientific way helps to shape the definition of what an evidence based practice should be. There are 5 basic areas that can be used as a ruler when evaluating a treatment to be evidence based or not. The first is that an evidence based practice must be transparent. This means that all the evidence collected on this practice is available to all researcher as well as the public. This information includes how the research was conducted, and the evidence was reviewed. The second area that a treatment should meet to become evidence based practice is that the treatment is able to be replicated in another situation by other people, or standardized. This means that there are specific directions and guidelines for how the treatment should be applied and a plan for how the results should be interpreted. This allows different clinicians to apply the treatment in the same way to achieve the same positive results. The standardization should also include ways to measure the fidelity that the clinicians have in applying the treatment. The third area that a treatment should meet to become evidence based is that the treatment has undergone a controlled research, preferably a randomized controlled trials (RCT), which is the most thorough. By doing repeated RCT and achieving the same results the treatment proven

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