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(p. 162) Embracing the Science of Mental Healthcare 

(p. 162) Embracing the Science of Mental Healthcare
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(p. 162) Embracing the Science of Mental Healthcare
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Ann F. Garland

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10.1093/med-psych/9780197544716.003.0013
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date: 02 July 2022

As a complement to the previous chapter on the healing arts, this chapter is devoted to the science of mental healthcare. Readers are encouraged to harness both the power of a healing human connection and scientific evidence to deliver the most effective care. Case examples illustrate how a clinician needs to think like a scientist, forming hypotheses, collecting and evaluating data to support or refute the hypotheses, and generating alternative explanations. The chapter advocates for the essential role of (a) evidence-based practice and (b) measurement-based care in effective mental healthcare, offering definitions and examples. A brief history of tensions in the field related to promotion of evidence-based practice and measurement-based care is offered, highlighting the challenges of bridging the gap between science and community practice. Web-based resources on evidence-based practice are recommended.

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