Professional Issues and Evidence-Based Practice

The Quality Problem in Behavioral Health Care

Child and Adolescent Disorders

I. Overview and Foundational Issues

  1. William T. O'Donohue,
  2. Scott O. Lilienfeld

Published Online: 25 JUN 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118156391.ebcp001003

Handbook of Evidence-Based Practice in Clinical Psychology

Handbook of Evidence-Based Practice in Clinical Psychology

How to Cite

O'Donohue, W. T. and Lilienfeld, S. O. 2012. Professional Issues and Evidence-Based Practice. Handbook of Evidence-Based Practice in Clinical Psychology. 1:I:3.

Author Information

  1. Emory University

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 JUN 2012


Quality improvement philosophy and technology is a critically important meta-framework for the practice of behavioral health, yet it is seriously underutilized. Physical medicine is rapidly embracing this and it is important for behavioral health not to fall further behind. Quality improvement is consistent with a scientific method, as it seeks to identify causes of low quality by testing hypotheses about flaws in processes. Quality improvement supersedes the evidence-based treatment view, as empirically supported treatments can be consistent with a much more static approach and the empirically supported treatment movement does not look at all facets that can affect stakeholder satisfaction. This chapter calls for a rapid movement toward this approach in training and service delivery.


  • quality improvement;
  • professional issues;
  • evidence-based treatment;
  • Deming