Evidence-Based Terminology Virtually any professional who engages in clinical decision making is experiencing the impacts of the evidence-based practice (EBP) movement. There is much I do like about EBP. As a researcher, I am especially pleased that scientific evidence is to receive due consideration in clinical decision making. I also believe ... Editorial
Editorial  |   November 01, 2008
Evidence-Based Terminology
 
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Editorial
Editorial   |   November 01, 2008
Evidence-Based Terminology
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, November 2008, Vol. 17, 324-325. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2008/ed-04)
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, November 2008, Vol. 17, 324-325. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2008/ed-04)
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Virtually any professional who engages in clinical decision making is experiencing the impacts of the evidence-based practice (EBP) movement. There is much I do like about EBP. As a researcher, I am especially pleased that scientific evidence is to receive due consideration in clinical decision making. I also believe that the EBP movement is helpful for recognizing where there are “holes” in clinically relevant scientific knowledge and, by consequence, identifying where the research community needs to focus its efforts. What I do not like about EBP is when the term is co-opted as a way to encourage people to use a certain product or adopt a given practice, as with a treatment manual that has the claim “an evidence-based practice!” stamped on its cover. Buyers of assessment tools and therapy materials must be knowledgeable of what this term means (and does not mean) if they are to be thoughtful consumers of the many tools and materials available to them. Given the critical role that AJSLP plays in these efforts (as a provider of evidence), I use this column to briefly discuss the term EBP.
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