Bridging the Gap between Research and Practice: A Discussion about How to Integrate Evidence-Based Interventions in Clinical Practice Through Education
The benefits of incorporating evidence-based interventions (EBI) in mental health settings are well documented. However, many mental health settings continue not to adopt or implement evidence-based interventions despite the benefits EBIs offer providers. This formula creates a gap between research and practice, which needs to be addressed. Evidence-based practice and interventions are defined, and facilitating factors are described in detail and is followed by a clinical case example to provide further insight. Implications for social work education, research, and practice are also discussed. The chasm between research and practice, will begin to close as practitioners’ concerns are addressed through education.