The Stuttering Treatment Research Evaluation and Assessment Tool (STREAT): Evaluating Treatment Research as Part of Evidence-Based Practice Purpose This article presents, and explains the issues behind, the Stuttering Treatment Research Evaluation and Assessment Tool (STREAT), an instrument created to assist clinicians, researchers, students, and other readers in the process of critically appraising reports of stuttering treatment research. Method The STREAT was developed by combining and ... Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus  |   May 01, 2006
The Stuttering Treatment Research Evaluation and Assessment Tool (STREAT): Evaluating Treatment Research as Part of Evidence-Based Practice
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Jason H. Davidow
    The University of Georgia, Athens
  • Anne K. Bothe
    The University of Georgia, Athens
  • Robin E. Bramlett
    The University of Georgia, Athens
  • Contact author: Anne K. Bothe, Department of Communication Sciences and Special Education, 556 Aderhold Hall, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602. Email: abothe@uga.edu
Article Information
Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Fluency Disorders / Research Issues, Methods & Evidence-Based Practice / Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus   |   May 01, 2006
The Stuttering Treatment Research Evaluation and Assessment Tool (STREAT): Evaluating Treatment Research as Part of Evidence-Based Practice
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, May 2006, Vol. 15, 126-141. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2006/013)
History: Received May 26, 2005 , Revised October 10, 2005 , Accepted January 29, 2006
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, May 2006, Vol. 15, 126-141. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2006/013)
History: Received May 26, 2005; Revised October 10, 2005; Accepted January 29, 2006
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Purpose This article presents, and explains the issues behind, the Stuttering Treatment Research Evaluation and Assessment Tool (STREAT), an instrument created to assist clinicians, researchers, students, and other readers in the process of critically appraising reports of stuttering treatment research.

Method The STREAT was developed by combining and reorganizing previously published recommendations about the design and conduct of stuttering treatment research.

Conclusions If evidence-based practice is to be widely adopted as the basis for stuttering assessment and treatment, procedures must be developed and distributed that will allow students, clinicians, and other readers without specialized knowledge of research design to critically appraise treatment research reports. The STREAT is intended to be such an instrument: It represents the consensus of previous methodological recommendations; it is consistent with and complements existing recommendations in evidence-based medicine and in the broader science of treatment outcome evaluation; and it is formatted into a single instrument for ease of use.

Acknowledgments
The preparation of this article was supported in part by funds from National Institutes of Health Research Grant R01-DC04838 to Anne K. Bothe. Our thanks to Jenna Levy, Kay Taylor, Brad Crowe, and especially Roger Ingham for their assistance at various stages of the related projects that have developed and used the STREAT.
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