Chronic Pain Counselling Services will be provided using “Evidence-Based Practice” or “EBP.” The most common definition of EBP is “the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of the individual patient. It means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research.”1(p7)
Clinical expertise refers to the [counsellor’s] cumulated experience, education, and clinical skills. You [the client] bring to the encounter your own personal preferences and unique concerns, expectations, and values. The best research evidence is usually found in clinically relevant research that has been conducted using sound methodology.”1(pp71-72)
The integration of these three components into the counsellor’s decisions work together to enhance the opportunity for optimal outcomes and a better quality of life for you. EBP requires the continual learning of new skills by your counsellor, including being aware of the most relevant research to best help you.
Why use an EBP approach to counselling?
- EBP discourages the use of pseudoscientific or potentially harmful interventions.
- It encourages professional Social Workers to base their therapeutic interventions on evidence-supported treatment.
- It is part of the Social Workers Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice
- David L. Sackett, William M.C. Rosenberg, J.A. Muir Gray, R. Brian Haynes and W. Scott Richardson (1996) Evidence Based Medicine: What It Is And What It Isn't: It's About Integrating Individual Clinical Expertise And The Best External Evidence. British Medical Journal. 312(7023): 71-2.