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Culturally Adapted Mental Health Intervention: A meta-analytic review

This paper is an analysis of 76 research studies looking at the availability and quality of mental health services provided to persons from historically disadvantaged racial and ethnic groups. The research found that interventions targeted to specific cultural or ethnic groups, including in native...

Implementing Evidence-Based Practice: A review of the empirical research literature

The article reports on the findings of a review of empirical studies examining the implementation of evidence-based practice (EBP) in the human services. 

Social Service Needs Assessments: A national review

More than 40 different needs assessments were analyzed regarding their goals, methods and findings. The study found that many needs assessments provided snapshots of programs but did not provide recommendations for the future. Most of the needs assessments were conducted in different formats and to...

Continuing Education Meetings and Workshops: Effects on professional practice and health care outcomes

This paper describes research assessing the effects of educational meetings on professional practice and healthcare outcomes. The authors found educational meetings, alone or combined with other interventions, can improve professional practice and healthcare outcomes for the patients. They also...

Alumni of a BSW-level Specialized Title IV-E Program Voice their Experiences in the Workplace

This study surveyed 289 alumni of a specialized Title IV-E program that prepares undergraduate social work students for careers in public child welfare. Findings indicate that graduates of this program were less likely than other caseworker to leave their positions.

Task Shifting of Antiretroviral Treatment From Doctors to Primary-Care Nurses in South Africa (STRETCH): A pragmatic, parallel, cluster-randomised trial

The article aims to assess the effects on mortality, viral suppression, and other health outcomes and quality indicators for streamlining tasks from doctors to other health care workers. 

Does Decentralization Increase Government Responsiveness to Local Needs?

This paper examines whether decentralization increases the responsiveness of public investment to local needs using a unique database from Bolivia. Empirical tests show that investment patterns in human capital and social services changed significantly after decentralization. These changes are...

Integrating Evidence-Based Practice and Social Work Field Education

Given the vital part that practicum education plays in the social work profession, understanding the views of field instructors on this subject is essential. The George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University surveyed 283 field instructors within 180 agencies and found that the...

The Impact of Trauma Work: A meta-synthesis on vicarious trauma and vicarious trauma growth

Workers who have been traumatized of both vicarious trauma (VT) and various posttraumatic growth (VPTG) have a high potential of short-long term of distress using a meta-synthesis. Psychological impact can be managed through personal and organizational coping strategies. It was also found that...

Conducting a Community Needs Assessment: Primary data collection techniques

This research paper contains techniques on gathering new information to assess community needs. It details five techniques to effectively identify the current situation of the community and the local needs, these are (1) the key informant approach; (2) the public forum approach; (3) the nominal...

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