Evidence Based Practice

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Evidence-based practice (EBP) is a crucial component in the process of providing ethical and high quality therapy services. This holds true for professionals who are providing speech and language intervention to individual’s with communication disorders. According to the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), evidence-based practice is the integration of best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values (Sackett and colleagues, 2000). It is the responsibility of all Speech-Language Pathologists to implement evidence-based practice throughout the assessment and treatment process. Using evidence-based practice not only applies to Speech-Language Pathologists, professionals who assess or treat individuals in reference to a specific medical condition who aspire to provide the best care may also be inclined to use evidence-based practice. The understanding and implementation of EBP continues to be a topic of interest in the field of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and is considered to be a work in progress as far as incorporating it into these professions. Regardless of the research that is needed for evidence-based practice, most clinicians would agree that all clinical decisions should be determined based on clinical expertise, best current evidence, and the values of the client in order to provide high quality services to the public. Kent (2006) composed an article entitled “Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Disorders: Progress Not Perfection” which focused on the current issues relating to evidence-based practice. The purpose of this paper was to serve as a supportive commentary in response to a previous article written by Nan Bernstein Ratner early that same year about the outcomes related to the use of EBP within Speech-Language Pathology. Kent begins by explaining that evidence-based practice is a relevant topic of interest within the literature of various medical disciplines, and these articles suggest that...
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