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A Brief History of Evidence-Based Practice and a Vision for the Future




H. Stephen Leff


This is a DRAFT paper which will appear in Mental Health, United States, 2002, CMHS, SAMHSA, DHHS. The paper briefly reviews the history of evidence-based practice. Then describes the types of individuals and organizations currently focusing on evidence-based practices in mental health and nature of the information they provide. Following this, the paper considers the concerns raised about evidence-based practices in mental health. The paper then concludes with a vision of how evidence-based practices should be pursued in the future, taking into account the concerns that have been raised

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