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The encounter between research and practice. Swedish addiction care as an example
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs (SoRAD).
2008 (English)Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

One of the motives behind the call for evidence-based practice and the launching of national guidelines for the care and treatment of addiction problems has been the wish to implement new steering forces for what clients are offered by the system. Thus, the argument has gone, we need to abandon legal and bureaucratic rules, logistics and economy, staff policy etc. as the main decisive factors behind what clients are offered, in favour of a commitment to creating the best possible outcome in the individual case. At the same time, many practitioners have felt that a strong demand to adhere to “top-down” guidelines, formulated by experts, threatens their professional self-esteem and identity, and deprives their interaction with the client of human and moral content. Against the background of a brief overview over recent attempts to “evidence-base” addiction care in Sweden, this presentation will discuss various ways of interpreting concepts such as “evidence based” and “knowledge based”, and various claims concerning what types of knowledge that are needed to be able to create more responsive and effective treatment systems. In addition, some suggestions will be put forward as to how we might be able to reconcile expert and everyday knowledge, and create a fruitful interaction between practice and research.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-18653OAI: diva2:185176
Presentation vid The 11th International Symposium on Substance Abuse Treatment, held in Växjö, Sweden, 6-8 October 2008.Available from: 2009-01-26 Created: 2009-01-26Bibliographically approved

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