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.
Article Information
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: Received October 30, 2009 , Revised April 16, 2010 , Accepted June 7, 2010
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, November 2010, Vol. 19, 369-379. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2010/09-0097)
History: Received October 30, 2009; Revised April 16, 2010; Accepted June 7, 2010
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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.

Acknowledgments
Funding was provided by Grant R305G050005 from the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES). The content of this publication does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the IES, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the Department of Education. Portions of this article were presented at the 2007 Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Boston, MA.
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