A Culture of Enquiry: Research Evidence and the Therapeutic by Nick Manning, Diana Menzies, Jan Lees, Rowdy Yates, George

By Nick Manning, Diana Menzies, Jan Lees, Rowdy Yates, George De Leon, Kingsley Norton, Barbara Rawlings

Study is an expanding precedence for staff during the psychological future health area, and healing groups are not any exception. these operating in TCs more and more need to justify the good fortune and potency in their ways to open air our bodies, and the major technique of doing so is thru study. This quantity collects quite a lot of papers through skilled members discussing all elements of TC study. they give thought to questions of which tools are most suitable within the precise atmosphere of TCs, how study stories have an effect on the TC surroundings, in addition to sensible and moral questions. The publication additionally contains bills of a number of learn reports undertaken at, between different locations, the Cassel health facility. Taken as a complete, the publication might be a useful source for someone desirous about learning healing groups - no matter if project a examine, trying to expect its scientific influence, or trying to comprehend the categories of effects which TC learn produces.

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With the NHS reforms that led to the purchaser–provider split in the mid-1990s, therapeutic communities were made painfully aware of their need for an evidence base. The prevailing opinions, particularly among purchasers, were that therapeutic community treatment is expensive, and that there was no evidence that therapeutic communities worked and no evidence that they were more effective than other treatments. This made purchasers reluctant to buy therapeutic communities’ services for clients, and also made providers less willing to consider continuing to provide therapeutic community services, and certainly less willing to set up new provision.

2 shows a ‘funnel plot’ of the effect sizes, based on Egger et al. 1997. If there were any publication bias, whereby negative outcomes had not been written up for publication, we would look for an uneven pattern, or gap, to the right-hand side of the vertical dotted line, where those studies were ‘missing’. 52 with 1 df. 2 Funnel plot In conclusion, the sources of heterogeneity are thus largely accounted for by the differences between types of therapeutic community, with concept-based studies having been generally reported in recent years.

We will then locate the undertaking of a systematic literature review of therapeutic community effectiveness within this context. We will describe the current methodology used in medical research for systematic literature reviews, describe how the authors of this chapter applied this methodology to a review of the literature on therapeutic communities, discuss some of the findings of this systematic review and reflect on the usefulness of the systematic literature review for therapeutic community research.

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