Tutorial  |   November 2010
Fidelity: An Essential Component of Evidence-Based Practice in Speech-Language Pathology
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Joan N. Kaderavek
    University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
  • Laura M. Justice
    The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Contact author: Joan Kaderavek, Department of Early Childhood, Special, and Physical Education (Mail Stop 954), University of Toledo, Toledo, OH 43606. E-mail: joan.kaderavek@utoledo.edu.
Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Research Issues, Methods & Evidence-Based Practice / Tutorial
Tutorial   |   November 2010
Fidelity: An Essential Component of Evidence-Based Practice in Speech-Language Pathology
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology November 2010, Vol.19, 369-379. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2010/09-0097)
History: Accepted 07 Jun 2010 , Received 30 Oct 2009 , Revised 16 Apr 2010
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology November 2010, Vol.19, 369-379. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2010/09-0097)
History: Accepted 07 Jun 2010 , Received 30 Oct 2009 , Revised 16 Apr 2010

Purpose: To provide a primer regarding treatment fidelity as it affects evidence-based practice (EBP) for speech-language pathologists.

Method: This tutorial defines treatment fidelity, examines the role of treatment fidelity for speech-language pathologists, provides examples of fidelity measurement, and describes approaches for assessing treatment fidelity.

Conclusion: Treatment fidelity is a neglected construct in the EBP literature; however, fidelity is a crucial construct for documenting intervention effectiveness and engaging in EBP.

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