Evidence-Based Practice Integration Tool

Research needs practitioners in order for it be relevant. Pettus-Davis, Grady, Cuddeback, and Scheyett (2011) state that “the practitioner is the vehicle through which an intervention is translated from a description in a book or an article to an active process with a client.”

For this to happen, researchers must present information clearly and practitioners must be able to evaluate the research and determine if it’s relevant to an individual consumer.

You can follow 4 steps to integrate EBP into VR practice:

  1. Formulate well-defined, answerable questions
  2. Seek the best evidence available to answer your questions
  3. Critically evaluate the evidence
  4. Apply the evidence to your individual consumer

Find out more:  Evidence-Based Practice Research Summaries |  Online Training on Evidence-Based Practice Techniques

The following form is a tool you can use to rate the relevance of research on your individual consumer.

  • Is your question clear and can it be answered? Examples of questions could be:
    *Does the evidence supporting this intervention apply to my consumer?
    *Should my consumer receive this intervention? When? For how long?

  • Is the evidence for the intervention supported by peer-reviewed literature or independent experts in the field of VR?
  • Does the sample group used in research represent your consumer?

    • Consider sample group characteristics, context in which the group was studied, criteria for inclusion in the study, timeframe of the research, and relevance of the sample group.
  • Emerging - offers knowledge about what works and does not work, but doesn’t have evaluation data to demonstrate its effectiveness (Puddy & Wilkens, 2011; Twyman & Sota, 2008)

    Promising – includes emerging practice elements and adds programmatic quantitative date the demonstrates positive outcomes, but doesn’t contain research data to support its replication. (DePalma, 2002)

    Evidence-Based – a practice with statistical and clinical significance and encompasses emerging, to promising, to evidence-based (Driever, 2002).

  • Is there evidence that the intervention would be beneficial in improving the quality of the employment outcome for your consumer?

  • Provide name and author of article, website address, or other identifier as appropriate.
  • References

    Note: This tool was developed using information from multiple sources, including:

    Chan, F., Chronister, J., & da Silva Cardoso, E. (2009). An introduction to evidence-based practice approach to psychosocial interventions for people with chronic illness and disability. In F. Chan, E. da Silva Cardoso, & J.A. Chronister (Eds.), Understanding psychosocial adjustment to chronic illness and disability: A handbook for evidence-based practitioners in rehabilitation (pp. 3-16). New York: Springer.

    Pettus-Davis, C., Grady, M., Cuddeback, G.S., Scheyett, A. (2011). A practitioner’s guide to sampling in the age of evidence-base practice: Translation of research into practice. Clinical Social Work Journal, (39), 379-389. doi: 10.1007/s10615-011-0345-2

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

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