Social Work Faculty Publications

Title

Bayesian Analysis for Evidence-based Practice in Social Work

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-2011

Journal Title

Social Work Research

ISSN

1070-5309

Volume

35

Issue

1

First Page

46

Last Page

52

Abstract

The article discusses the use of Bayesian analysis as a statistical paradigm conducive to addressing the challenges of evidence-based practice (EBP) in social work research and practice. The author suggests that, unlike classical statistical analysis, Bayesian analysis allows researchers to translate practice wisdom into evidence and incorporate data from past and present studies. A comparison of classical statistical analysis and Bayesian statistical analysis in social work is presented.

Keywords

Affective disorders, mental health services, confidence intervals, social services, children

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