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Evidence-Based Practice in School Mental Health$
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James C Raines

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195366266

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195366266.001.0001

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Investigating the Evidence

Investigating the Evidence

(p.67) 4 Investigating the Evidence
Evidence-Based Practice in School Mental Health

James C. Raines

Oxford University Press

This chapter aims to teach practitioners how to search efficiently and effectively for the best available evidence. There are three major clearinghouses for systematic reviews: the What Works Clearinghouse, the Campbell Collaboration, and SAMHSA's Registry of Evidence-Based Programs & Practices. The web is best searched using Boolean logic. There are two major public databases. ERIC focuses on educational research. PubMed contains information on health-related conditions. The private web has the best databases by which to find evidence. There are two major private databases for mental health clinicians. PsycINFO is the most relevant database that school-based practitioners can access. Social Work Abstracts is the smallest and will be of most use to school social workers. Finally, practitioners need to screen the evidence they find and triangulate their search to justify their clinical decision-making.

Keywords:   Boolean logic, Campbell Collaboration, hierarchy of evidence, meta-analysis, primary research, secondary research, SAMHSA, scientific fairness, systematic reviews, What Works Clearinghouse

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