Evidence-Based Behavioral Medicine

Co-Chair: Heather S. Jim, PhD
Co-Chair: Heather McGinty, PhD

Description/Mission Statement

Evidence-based medicine has recently come to the forefront as an approach by which to evaluate and practice medicine. Evidence-based behavioral medicine (EBBM) is a relatively young field that has similar purposes. Researchers, clinicians, students and policymakers may all wish to become better acquainted with the history, principles and future directions of this field. In addition to hosting a breakfast session at the annual Society of Behavioral Medicine conventions, the EBBM Special Interest Group (SIG) also has a listserv for contact among those interested in EBBM.

About the EBBM SIG:

The EBBM SIG connects an interdisciplinary group of professionals from all over the world with interests in health promotion, disease prevention, health care, behavioral and psychosocial interventions, and research methodology. While we’re a heterogeneous group, we share an interest in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Creating an evidence base that allows us to compare treatments, evaluate intervention effects and efficiency, and choose the most promising and feasible intervention strategy for specific client(s). Our members are interested in creating and evaluating guidelines for the conduct and report of randomized controlled trials and other systematic research, conducting meta-analyses and assessing their results, and guiding practitioners in the use of evidence with their clients.
  2. Improving research methodology by educating members about the strengths and weaknesses of research strategies and statistical solutions; fostering critical thinking and a rigorous evaluation of the available literature; and discussing how to improve the quality of both the evidence base and evidence-based practice decisions.
  3. Translating evidence-based knowledge into evidence-based behavioral practice, including: searching the literature; finding the most relevant evidence; and assisting with decision-making around the most promising treatment strategies for client(s).