What Is the Evidence-Based Treatment Approach?

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There has been a recent push to implement evidence-based therapy in psychology and track the efficacy of treatment plans. The goal is to provide clients with a treatment that is backed by evidence of its effectiveness. 

If you’re new to the phrase, the evidence-based treatment definition is any therapy shown to be effective in peer-reviewed scientific experiments. The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies breaks it down as the “adherence to psychological approaches and techniques that are based on scientific evidence.”

This approach has also been considered as a “best practice” and a preferred procedure for treating psychological symptoms. The definition has recently expanded to include the consideration of a client’s actions, preferences, circumstances, and clinical state. The expansion of the definition is significant in psychotherapy. The effectiveness of treatment is determined by how a client invests in the efficacy of a specific treatment plan. 

What Are the Goals of Evidence-Based Treatment?

The two primary goals of the evidence-based treatment approach are a) to increase accountability, and b) increase the quality of treatment. Meeting the goals not only will increase the likelihood of an insurance company to approve treatment, but it’s more likely that a client will pay for and undergo the treatment. Evidence-based treatment is cost-effective and filled with proof that it works. 

Types of Evidence-Based Treatment

Evidence-based treatment must be researched academically or scientifically. It must be proven effective and replicated in more than one study. It must also integrate both medically based research with client values and experiences of the clinical provider. Evidence-based treatment is useful for treating an array of mental health disorders and substance abuse. A client who enters a treatment program may take part in various therapy programs during their stay.

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