The Handbook for Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Disorders

Author: Chris A. Dollaghan Ph.D.

Format: Paperback, 184 pages, 6.0 x 9.0
ISBN: 9781557668707
Price: $38.95

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With this landmark textbook, speech-language pathologists will learn to apply current best evidence as they make critical decisions about the care of each individual they serve. The first text that covers this cutting-edge topic for the communication disorders field, this book introduces SLPs to the principles and process of evidence-based practice, thoroughly covering its three primary components: "external" evidence from systematic research, "internal" evidence from clinical practice, and evidence concerning patient preferences. SLPs will get the in-depth guidance they need to

  • construct the right questions about best evidence
  • find the reliable information they need to answer these questions
  • evaluate the validity of both internal and external evidence
  • weigh the importance of empirical evidence, whether from a research study or from an individual patient
  • help patients fully understand clinical options and express their preferences
  • conduct systematic, critical appraisals of treatment evidence, diagnosis and screening evidence, and evidence from systematic reviews or meta-analyses

Developed by Christine A. Dollaghan, one of the most highly respected researchers in the field of language acquisition and disorders, this text makes complex concepts understandable with its clear, reader-friendly language, vivid step-by-step examples of key processes, and illuminating figures and tables.

SLPs will come away with a solid, practical understanding of evidence-based practice—knowledge they'll use throughout their careers to make sound clinical decisions about the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of communication disorders.


Review by: Jon Miller, Professor Emeritus, Department of Communicative Disorders, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Comprehensive, illuminating, accessible volume that takes the mystery out of EBP . . . should be on every SLP and audiologists desk."
Review by: Rebecca McCauley, Director, CMSI Graduate Program, The University of Vermont
"A much needed book . . . offers an inviting introduction for students and a timely resource for practicing clinicians."

Table of Contents

About the Author
  1. Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice
  2. Asking Questions About Evidence
  3. Finding External Evidence
  4. Validity of Evidence: An Overview
  5. Importance of Evidence: An Overview
  6. Appraising Treatment Evidence
  7. Appraising Diagnostic Evidence
  8. Appraising Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses
  9. Appraising Patient/Practice Evidence
  10. Appraising Evidence on Patient Preferences
  11. A Prognosis for EBP in Communication Disordersb

Appendix A: CATE: Critical Appraisal of Treatment Evidence
Appendix B: CADE: Critical Appraisal of Diagnostic Evidence
Appendix C: CASM: Critical Appraisal of Systematic Review or Meta-Analysis
Appendix D: CAPE: Checklist for Appraising Patient/Practice Evidence
Appendix E: CAPP: Checklist for Appraising Evidence on Patient Preferences


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