Evidence Based Practice

The term evidence-based practice was coined in the United Kingdom (UK) during the 1990s following the recognition that medical practices needed to be grounded in sound research evidence. Evidence-based practice is now considered essential to effective clinical practice across health disciplines including nursing, social work and psychology. It involves the integration of research evidence, clinical expertise and client preferences through a process of practitioner decision making.


Ms Shirley Gill, Senior Education and Training Officer, Turning Point and a practicing psychologist prepared a position paper on evidence-based practice on behalf of the Change Agent Network. The aim of this position paper was threefold; to define evidence-based practice, to examine in detail a model of evidence-based practice and finally to describe an approach that works within an alcohol and other drug (AOD) setting. A copy of the document can be found here