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Anders Bergmark & Lena Hbner

In: The SAGE Handbook of Drug and Alcohol Studies

Chapter 35: The Limits of Evidence-Based Practice in the Pursuit of Specific Treatment Efficacy

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The Limits of Evidence-Based Practice in the Pursuit of Specific Treatment Efficacy
The limits of evidence-based practice in the pursuit of specific treatment efficacy
Anders BergmarkLena Hbner
Introduction

For almost two decades, the necessity of establishing practices that are based on scientifically secured knowledge, also known as evidence-based practice (EBP), has constituted an important and growing international tendency in many different professional fields. The drive for a scientific underpinning for professional practice is most clearly developed within the medical field, but is also apparent in psychosocial, non-medical interventions.

As, on the whole, the actual establishment of EBP has not been realized – that it still has the character of a project, ‘a normative projection of the hopes invested in the future; a legitimacy of potential rather than of ...

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