Compose a 2750 words assignment on evidence-based practice in behavior activation for the treatment of depression. Needs to be plagiarism free! According to Sackett (1997. 59), evidence-based practice is the “The conscious, explicit and judicious use of the current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients”. “It means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research,” (Sackett, 1997. 34). According to Field and Lohr (1990), it is evidence-based practice is the systematic development of statements to assist practitioners and patient decisions about appropriate health care for specific clinical circumstances. In using evidence-based practice, the therapist considers the best evidence about a certain treatment approach and tries to apply the method to make sure that he or she can replicate the results in the patient who is being treated currently. However, as Levkoff (2006) warns, with regard to evidence-based practice, it is best to note that it is based on evidence which then brings in a new issue of defining what evidence in the context of practice is. To help practitioners to be able to deal with this issue, the use of a hierarchy of evidence is necessary in order to qualify some evidence as evidence and others as not evidence.
The other problem with using Evidenced Based Practice in treating mental disorder patients is the fact that it may not be fully suited for this file. Evidenced-Based Practice has its roots in medicine and this means that applying it in psychotherapy can create a gap that will make it impossible or unnecessarily difficult to treat the patient in a way that produces positive patient outcomes in an efficient way. At the same time, EBP fails to have a natural feedback loop. This means that it does not help in the creation of theory which can be applied in the development of the very evidence that is required for Evidenced Based Practice (Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt, 2011). In this regard, Evidenced-Based Practice as used in the context of psychotherapy.