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Try New ASHA Tools to Simplify Using Evidence-based Practice

by Cheryl Swit
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When was the last time you thought about evidence-based practice, or EBP? No, not just about research studies or whether a new treatment is “evidence-based,” but all components of EBP: clinical knowledge, patient perspectives, and, of course, the research evidence.

The concept of balancing these components might seem straightforward, but applying it to everyday practice can be challenging, especially with everything else you’re doing.

ASHA seeks to ease the process by providing updated EBP resources with guidance that turns the theoretical into practical.

This new material directs you through all the steps of EBP:
  • Frame your clinical question.
  • Find evidence.
  • Assess the evidence.
  • Make your clinical decision using ASHA’s new DECIDE framework: Define-Extrapolate-Consider-Incorporate-Develop-Evaluate.

Following these steps helps you weigh the necessary considerations to develop an assessment or treatment plan for a client. With clear and concise descriptions, real-world considerations, and clinical examples for each step, you can reinvigorate how you bring EBP to your practice today.

In addition to the steps of the evidence-based practice process, ASHA offers even more EBP tools and resources: ASHA Evidence Mapsrefreshers on research concepts (study design, systematic searching, appraisal), an EBP glossary, and links to external resources from other EBP experts.

Also coming soon is a toolkit with digital and printable resources designed to aid implementation of evidence-based practice.

With the right tools, following the EBP process with a focus on real-world needs can become less time-consuming and an automatic part of your daily routine. When you successfully incorporate all three components of EBP, you give your clients, patients, and students the best-quality care.

Cheryl Swit, MS, CCC-SLP, is a clinical research associate with ASHA’s National Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Disorders (N-CEP). Questions or comments about ASHA’s EBP resources? Please share in the comment section below or email us at  ncep@asha.org.

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