Strategies for Enhancing the Body of Evidence for Clinical Decision Making Speech-language pathologists are increasingly required to integrate clinical expertise, the perspectives of the “relevant stakeholder(s),” and the best and current research evidence into clinical practice (Schlosser, 2003). The current Scope of Practice in Speech-Language Pathology (ASHA, 2001) states that the overall objective of our services is to optimize the communication ... Article
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Strategies for Enhancing the Body of Evidence for Clinical Decision Making
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  • Teresa C. Brobeck
    New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
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Article   |   April 01, 2004
Strategies for Enhancing the Body of Evidence for Clinical Decision Making
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, April 2004, Vol. 14, 11-16. doi:10.1044/nnsld14.1.11
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, April 2004, Vol. 14, 11-16. doi:10.1044/nnsld14.1.11
Speech-language pathologists are increasingly required to integrate clinical expertise, the perspectives of the “relevant stakeholder(s),” and the best and current research evidence into clinical practice (Schlosser, 2003). The current Scope of Practice in Speech-Language Pathology (ASHA, 2001) states that the overall objective of our services is to optimize the communication (and/or swallowing) abilities of individuals innatural environments through the provision of services in meaningful life contexts, thus potentially improving the quality of life of these individuals. The integration of these charges requires three elements. First, it requires sufficient coursework and clinical training to develop clinical expertise. Second, it requires knowledge and understanding of how our clinical interventions potentially influence an individual’s participation in life activities and quality of life, that is, the perspective of the relevant stakeholders. Third, it requires knowledge and understanding of what constitutes the best and current evidence. Consequently, speech-language pathologists may need to expand their current levels of knowledge and skill in these areas. In addition, we must sufficiently train students to master this integrative process.
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