Critical Thinking and the Process of Evidence-Based Practice

ISBN : 9780190463359

Eileen Gambrill
352 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Dec 2018
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In Critical Thinking and the Process of Evidence-Based Practice, Eileen Gambrill provides a focused overview of the implementation of evidence-based practices necessary for competent and ethical practice. This authoritative book introduces readers to the origins and controversies regarding evidence-based practices and concisely addresses the most common obstacles practitioners encounter. Though evidence-based practice (EBP) is designed to help individual practitioners and clients make informed decisions, since its early development, misunderstandings about what does and does not qualify as scientifically-sound findings have led to widespread misrepresentations of EBP's role in the profession. This text addresses the most widely encountered misunderstandings, and guides readers through the necessary steps of making decisions based on both knowledge and ignorance. The book further discusses ethical and evidentiary issues, and includes chapters on clinical expertise, argumentation, avoiding fallacies, and common organizational and personal obstacles to optimizing the quality of services. It will serve as a necessary resource to professionals as well as students in the helping professions.


Chapter 1: Thinking About Decisions
Chapter 2: Origins, Characteristics, and Controversies Regarding the Process of Evidence-Based Practice
Chapter 3: Evidence: Sources, Uses, and Controversies
Chapter 4: Steps in the Process of Evidence-Based Practice
Chapter 5: Critically Appraising Research
Chapter 6: Cultivating Expertise in Decision Making
Chapter 7: Argumentation: Its Central Role in Deliberative Decision Making
Chapter 8: Avoiding Fallacies
Chapter 9: The Influence of Language and Social Psychological Persuasion Strategies
Chapter 10: Communication Skills (Continued)
Chapter 11: Challenges and Obstacles to Evidence-Informed Decision Making
Chapter 12: Being and Becoming an Ethical Professional

About the author: 

Eileen Gambrill, PhD, is Professor of the Graduate School in the School of Social Welfare at the University of California at Berkeley. She is a Licensed Psychologist in the State of California.

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