From the Editor In many fields such as ours, lines are often drawn between “clinical” and “research” endeavors. The tension that exists between clinicians and researchers is as keen now as ever. The debates among professionals in speech-language pathology are not new for us, nor are they specific to our profession. As ... Editorial
Editorial  |   August 01, 1999
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Editorial
Editorial   |   August 01, 1999
From the Editor
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, August 1999, Vol. 8, 194. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0803.194
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, August 1999, Vol. 8, 194. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0803.194
In many fields such as ours, lines are often drawn between “clinical” and “research” endeavors. The tension that exists between clinicians and researchers is as keen now as ever. The debates among professionals in speech-language pathology are not new for us, nor are they specific to our profession. As Editor of this Journal, which focuses on clinical issues, I have experienced firsthand the split between the two areas of our profession. This is not the first time I have experienced this split. It manifests itself in our training programs where doctoral students often debate what is “real science” and in faculty meetings where clinical faculty (often non-tenure-track) feel at odds with research faculty (often tenure-track). Within the community of researchers, there is debate that suggests to me that some individuals presume that “clinical” research has little to do with science. I have always wondered why these lines have been drawn and frankly have even thought them somewhat silly. On the other hand, these issues drive our profession and many of the decisions made by the professional organizations that serve us and even drive individuals’ career choices. As such, it seems timely to comment on the art and science of clinical practice.
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