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Evidence-Based Prevention and Treatment, Dissemination and Adoption of

For the past 15 years, health disciplines have focused on improving the quality of care and services by promoting the use of practices guided by research. Many practitioners perceive that this quality care movement, which has steadily gained popularity, has helped create the terms evidence-based practices, empirically supported treatments, and research-based interventions. These terms typically are used interchangeably, although some professions prefer one term over another. For purposes of this entry, the term evidence-based practices (EBPs) will be utilized. However, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers have identified a gap between these EBPs and practice. To close this gap, activities that promote the dissemination and adoption of EBPs have been implemented. Both terms—dissemination and adoption (of EBPs)—are used frequently in the substance abuse prevention and treatment literature. ...

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