What is Evidence-Based Practice?

Evidence-based practice is an approach to treatment that uses science to identify best practices to ensure the best outcomes for clients and avoid ineffective, or harmful or inefficient treatments and treatments whose effectiveness is unknown. Typically it uses systematic searches of the evidence, transparent methods of study inclusion and exclusion, and combining data across studies to make conclusions as sure as possible. It is an essential part of ethical practice as it attempts to ensure the best client outcome and best use of limited resources.

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Sturmey, P. & Didden, R. (Eds., 2014). Evidence-based practice in intellectual disabilities. Chichester: Wiley, UK.