New ways to engage with research evidence: 6 top tips for #NPNR2015

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André Tomlin presents his 6 top tips for engaging with research evidence, taken from his #NPNR15 talk at the 21st International Network for Psychiatric Nursing Research conference taking place in Manchester on 17-18 September 2015.

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E-markets and micros: evidence for the future of social care?

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Sarah Carr takes an unusual step of appraising a ‘think tank’ research report on e-marketplaces for social care and discusses the work in relation to the broader context of evidence-based policy.

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How is evidence-based practice understood in social work?

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Sarah Carr considers a Swedish study on understandings of evidence-based practice in social work practitioners, managers and policy makers and wonders how the findings could relate to social work in the UK.

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Testing a person-centred approach to carer support

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Mary Larkin discusses a US study of a person-centred, evidence-based carer support intervention and thinks about implications of the findings for the UK context.

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'Knowledge is the power to do good'

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Following the publication of the Knowledge and Skills Statement for Social Workers in Adult Services yesterday, the special blog asks how the Social Care Elf can help social workers with their knowledge, skills and continuing professional development.

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How do policy makers use research evidence?

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Mike Clark, a man who’s in the business of research and evidence based practice, looks at an Australian study about policy makers’ use of research evidence. He discovers what some of the cultural and practical barriers are and thinks about the UK context.

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Reflections on #UnderstandingPsychosis

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Something a bit different today; a reflective blog from André Tomlin who has spent most of the last week discussing the new DCP #UnderstandingPsychosis report on Twitter. He considers the pros and cons of social media and what this whole discussion means for the future of the Mental Elf.

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Decisions about new health technologies must be evidence-based, says commentary

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While this commentary is based on Canadian experiences, the authors do look at examples of health technology assessments elsewhere, applying the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as the gold standard for others to follow. Health technology assessments are “an evidence-based policy tool that helps inform decision-making on how to balance demand and [read the full story…]

Rapid generation of evidence for interventions in mental health of people with learning disabilities needed

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A couple of months ago, we posted about a trial of group based cognitive therapy to help with anger management in people with learning disabilities. The study was interesting in that it showed the approach was effective in improving anger control and in decreasing supporter rated challenging behaviour. What was also interesting about the trial [read the full story…]

New CCGs need a variety of information sources in order to make effective decisions, according to survey

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The authors of this paper found that the way people search for evidence relating to commissioning decisions varies, depending on their professional background. That is why this paper is particularly pertinent to commissioners, policy decision-makers, health managers, and medical librarians, who have the necessary skills to help staff working in commissioning to find the best [read the full story…]