From the Editor Previously, I wrote about the evidence-based procedures in the clinical practice of speech-language pathology. Evidence-based practice involves asking focused questions about the treatment of a specific clinical problem and seeking the answers to those questions in high-quality evidence from the published literature. An important analogue to evidence-based practice, and ... Editorial
Editorial  |   November 01, 2002
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Editorial   |   November 01, 2002
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American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, November 2002, Vol. 11, 322. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2002/036)
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, November 2002, Vol. 11, 322. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2002/036)
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Previously, I wrote about the evidence-based procedures in the clinical practice of speech-language pathology. Evidence-based practice involves asking focused questions about the treatment of a specific clinical problem and seeking the answers to those questions in high-quality evidence from the published literature. An important analogue to evidence-based practice, and one that is intended to further improve the quality of clinical services, is the development of practice guidelines that are based on research evidence.
Practice guidelines are recommendations that assist in making clinical decisions about the management of specific populations. They are based on available research evidence and prevailing expert opinion and serve to insure equality of service as well as consistency in practice (Yorkston et al., 2001). However, while these guidelines are thought to reflect at least a moderate degree of clinical certainty, clinical decision-making may also override any evidence-based guideline or standard (Yorkston et al., 2001).
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