Training Specific Treatment Techniques: The Next Step in Implementation of Ebp?(Health Care Forum)

Training Specific Treatment Techniques: The Next Step in Implementation of Ebp?(Health Care Forum)

The field of medical speech-language pathology is moving toward an evidence-based practice (EBP) approach to clinical decision making. This movement spawned the development of practice guidelines and systematic reviews designed to improve clinician access to the literature and reduce the time spent repeatedly searching, appraising, and modifying management routines (Sackett, Richardson, Rosenberg, & Haynes, 2000). In the area of neurogenic communication disorders, for example aphasia and dysarthria, various groups are developing clinical practice guidelines and systematic reviews of the treatment literature, as well as systems for rating these products. Sackett et al. (2000) instruct that such guidelines should have two primary components–the evidence summary and the detailed instructions for applying that evidence to a patient. The evidence summary should identify all relevant evidence regarding a particular treatment and grade the evidence for its validity. Moreover, it should be updated continually with the latest research findings. The instructions for implementing the treatment must be of sufficient detail to permit replication of the treatment in one’s own clinic.

Training Specific Treatment Techniques: The Next Step in Implementation of Ebp?(Health Care Forum)

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