Holden, Gary × Tuchman, Ellen Barker, Kathleen Rosenberg, Gary Thazin, May Kuppens, Sofie Watson, Katie #
Social Work in Health Care vol:51 pages:483-505
Social work practitioners must act every working day in the face of uncertainty. This uncertainty arises in part because knowledge is often difficult to locate or sometimes lacking regarding the systems context, the population being served, the particular client system with which they are working, as well as the various interventions that could be selected. It seems reasonable to explore ways to reduce the experience of uncertainty and narrow, if not eliminate, the knowledge gaps that arise in such situations. What possibilities exist to reduce uncertainty across a spectrum of situations? The goals of this paper are to briefly and selectively review attempts to make social work practice more evidence based and to describe one stage in the evolution of a web based service (Information for Practice) that may be useful for some practitioners in selected situations.