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August 1961

The Effect of Research on Practice: Research and Decrease in Noncontinuance

Author Affiliations

Psychiatric social worker, Michael Reese Hospital (Mr. Rosenfeld); psychologist, Mental Health Center (Dr. Orlinsky).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1961;5(2):176-182. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1961.01710140068010

The relationship between research and practice plagues many researchers in psychiatry, psychology, and social work. Researchers in the clinical field find it hard to reconcile their allegiances to the disciplines of healing and of research. Frequently, rather than trying to reconcile this conflict, they choose to ignore the interconnection between the two. In their research, due to their identity as researchers, changes in practice are not consciously intended as an immediate research goal and are not typically discussed. As clinicians they should know better, and indeed they are usually quite concerned with the effect of their research on the patients, but not with the effect of the research interaction on the agency in which they work. They know that when such changes are consciously intended, the research and the action purposes of the study may be in conflict with one another, a conflict

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