Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Disorders: Progress not Perfection Purpose This commentary is written in response to a companion paper by Nan Bernstein Ratner (Evidence-Based Practice: An Examination of its Ramifications for the Practice of Speech-Language Pathology) . Method The comments reflect my experience as Vice President for Research and Technology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). One ... Clinical Forum
Clinical Forum  |   October 01, 2006
Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Disorders: Progress not Perfection
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Ray D. Kent
    University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Contact author: Ray D. Kent, Waisman Center, Room 435, 1500 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI 53705-2280. E-mail: Kent@waisman.wisc.edu
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Research Issues, Methods & Evidence-Based Practice / Language Disorders / Clinical Forum
Clinical Forum   |   October 01, 2006
Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Disorders: Progress not Perfection
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 2006, Vol. 37, 268-270. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2006/030)
History: Received June 6, 2006 , Accepted June 14, 2006
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 2006, Vol. 37, 268-270. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2006/030)
History: Received June 6, 2006; Accepted June 14, 2006
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Purpose This commentary is written in response to a companion paper by Nan Bernstein Ratner (Evidence-Based Practice: An Examination of its Ramifications for the Practice of Speech-Language Pathology) .

Method The comments reflect my experience as Vice President for Research and Technology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). One of the responsibilities of the Vice President is to monitor the work of the Advisory Committee on Evidence-Based Practice.

Conclusion Evidence-based practice (EBP) is a challenging but attainable goal for audiology and speech-language pathology. Our professions have made rapid progress in developing the foundations for EBP. To be sure, a great deal of work remains to be done, but we have learned from the experiences of other professions and have built our own systems to support EBP.

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