Evidence-based practice: Beyond empirically supported treatments

Stanley B. Messer
2004 Professional Psychology: Research and Practice  
Must the clinician choose between a practice that is strictly objective and data based and one that is purely subjective and experience based? Optimally, practitioners need to follow a model of evidence-based psychotherapy practice, such as the disciplined inquiry or local clinical scientist model, that encompasses a theoretical formulation, empirically supported treatments (ESTs), empirically supported therapy relationships, clinicians' accumulated practical experience, and their clinical
more » ... their clinical judgment about the case at hand. Some shortcomings of ESTs are reviewed, and a form of evidence for psychotherapy practice is presented that entails the accumulation of systematic case studies published online. Practitioners can contribute to such a database and be guided in their practice by those cases most relevant to their clients' problems.
doi:10.1037/0735-7028.35.6.580 fatcat:7xi7fekbfbh4plywzw4ynkfazm