Incorporating Evidence-Based Practice Into Informed Consent Practice

Incorporating Evidence-Based Practice Into Informed Consent Practice
Research Article
James W. Drisko
Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 6 November 2020
This conceptual article argues that evidence-based practice (EBP) is best understood as a component of the informed consent process preceding treatment. The legally mandated informed consent/consent to treat process requires that professionals disclose to clients the nature of services along with potential risks, benefits, and alternatives. Informed consent is a long-standing part of professional practice ethics with over a century of legal precedents. The more recent EBP process also requires discussion with the client of the best research-supported treatments, which are explored in combination with the client’s values and preferences and the professional’s expertise, to develop a treatment plan. Yet, EBP has not been clearly linked to informed consent for treatment. EBP can be usefully understood as part of the more comprehensive informed consent ethics process. New practice and ethics competencies are examined.

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