Social work practitioners as researchers: Is it possible?

Geri Adler, Diane Alfs, Michael Greeman, Jill Manske, Thomas McClellan, Nancy O'brien, Jean K Quam

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Social workers are encouraged and often expected to conduct research in addition to their clinical duties. Unfortunately, few practitioners seem interested and there is usually a lack of tangible supports in most practice settings. To counter this, a support group of non-supervisory clinical social workers in a Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center met regularly with a social work educator-consultant in order to strengthen research skills, maintain motivation, and promote publication. This group successfully published seven articles with an additional five in process. In contrast, a second research group at the same facility foundered after eight months. Similarities and differences between the two groups are discussed. Recommendations are made about how agencies might encourage and sustain practitioners in the development and publication of clinical research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-127
Number of pages13
JournalSocial Work in Health Care
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 29 1993

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