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Does Psychotherapy Research Influence the Clinical Practice of Researcher–Clinicians?


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[Clin Psychol Sci Prac 18: 357–371, 2011]

This survey evaluated the impact of empirical research findings on the clinical practice of a sample of psychotherapists who are also actively engaged in the consumption, critical evaluation, and production of psychotherapy research. On the one hand, we found that even this sample of researcher–clinicians perceives empirical research to be less helpful to them as clinicians than a variety of other sources of information, including their ongoing experience working with clients. On the other, we found that they do value empirical research, but consider it as one source of information among others to be incorporated into the clinical decision-making process. Implications of the findings are discussed with respect to a number of dimensions, including the nature of professional expertise.