CEU Introduction: From Clinical Practice to Clinical Outcome Research and Back Again Speech-language pathologists are simultaneously confronted with (a) demands for evidence on the impact of clinical decisions, (b) a professional and ethical obligation to appropriately revise those clinical decisions to reflect advances brought about through clinical research, and (c) an emerging need to incorporate practice guidelines in clinical decisions. Throughout discussions ... SIG News
SIG News  |   April 01, 2001
CEU Introduction: From Clinical Practice to Clinical Outcome Research and Back Again
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  • Randall R. Robey
    University of Virginia, Charlottesville
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SIG News   |   April 01, 2001
CEU Introduction: From Clinical Practice to Clinical Outcome Research and Back Again
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, April 2001, Vol. 11, 3. doi:10.1044/nnsld11.1.3
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, April 2001, Vol. 11, 3. doi:10.1044/nnsld11.1.3
Speech-language pathologists are simultaneously confronted with (a) demands for evidence on the impact of clinical decisions, (b) a professional and ethical obligation to appropriately revise those clinical decisions to reflect advances brought about through clinical research, and (c) an emerging need to incorporate practice guidelines in clinical decisions. Throughout discussions of these issues pass a variety of terms: clinical outcomes, clinical outcome research, clinical trials, meta-analysis, treatment efficacy, treatment effectiveness, evidence-based practice, and evidence-based guidelines. Although these terms, and the concepts they represent, are clearly (a) at the fore of clinical practice and clinical research and (b) centered on optimizing patient care, their perceived meanings and inter-relationships are not always consistent. In fact, these terms and concepts are directly related to one another in an orderly flow of evolving information as clinical practice affects clinical research and, in turn, as clinical research affects clinical practice. The nexus, or common interconnection, for this iterative process of professional growth is clinical outcomes.
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