The challenge of evidence-based practice for learning disabilities

H Atherton, Robert Gates

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    There is an ever-increasing pressure on professionals within both health and social care settings to demonstrate evidence-based practice. The main aim of this article is to consider as problematic the challenge of evidence-based practice for both health and social care professionals, with particular reference to those working in the field of learning disabilities. The article addresses a number of issues, including the nature of evidence, the different types of evidence that professionals have at their disposal, and issues of reliability and validity concerning the kinds of approaches used to obtain such evidence. The challenges of implementing evidence into practice are also discussed in relation to ideology, organizational implications, and educational issues.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)517-22
    Number of pages6
    JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - 2001


    • Bias (Epidemiology)
    • Clinical Competence
    • Evidence-Based Medicine
    • Health Personnel
    • Humans
    • Mental Retardation
    • Needs Assessment
    • Reproducibility of Results
    • Research Design
    • Treatment Outcome


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