Definitions and Debates

  • Rosalyn BertramEmail author
  • Suzanne Kerns


This chapter presents a history of the origins of terms and definitions of evidence-based practice, as well as the debates about them. While noting related elements, it differentiates a process of evidence-based practice and evidence-based practice models. In the second decade of the twenty-first century, consensus is emerging about terms and criteria for the extent of evidence necessary to differentiate less-proven from well-proven practices.


Criteria Curricula Definitions Evidence-based practice models Family first prevention services act Process of evidence-based practice 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Professor, School of Social WorkUniversity of Missouri–Kansas CityKansas CityUSA
  2. 2.Research Associate Professor, Graduate School of Social WorkUniversity of DenverDenverUSA

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