A mental health practice that is generally accepted as a successful intervention currently believed to improve consumer outcomes. Evidence-based practices are a type of best practice that has been established and supported by scientific evidence. The terms "best practice" and "evidence-based practice" are often used interchangeably.
Those aspects of consumers' lives that interventions are meant to improve or successfully manage. These are often translated into specific measures that can provide information about the effectiveness of a program. Some examples of outcomes include employment, reduced hospitalization, and reduction of psychiatric symptoms.
Emerging best practice:
Interventions or services that have shown benefit to consumers, but have not yet been established as evidence-based practices through rigorous scientific research.
The crucial components of an evidence-based practice. These are the components that create the benefits or outcomes for consumers. The more essential elements of a practice that a program implements, the greater the improvements in consumer outcomes.
An evidence-based practice is an intervention for which there is consistent scientific evidence showing that it improves client outcomes.
A tool to enable evaluators to examine/measure how closely a specific program adheres to the essential components of a model evidence-based practice. The closer a program adheres to the evidence-based model, the more likely the program will obtain the model's identified benefits for consumers.
The consumer population that an evidence-based practice or other intervention is designed to help. A specific practice may not be effective with certain populations, such as people with certain diagnoses or personal traits.