Critical Thinking: Knowledge and Skills for Evidence-Based Practice Purpose I respond to Kamhi’s (2011)  conclusion in his article “Balancing Certainty and Uncertainty in Clinical Practice” that rational or critical thinking is an essential complement to evidence-based practice (EBP). Method I expand on Kamhi’s conclusion and briefly describe what clinicians might need to know to think critically ... Clinical Forum
Clinical Forum  |   January 01, 2011
Critical Thinking: Knowledge and Skills for Evidence-Based Practice
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Patrick Finn
    University of Georgia, Athens
  • Contact information: Patrick Finn, Communication Sciences and Special Education, 514 Aderhold Hall, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602. E-mail: pfinn@uga.edu.
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Research Issues, Methods & Evidence-Based Practice / Clinical Forum
Clinical Forum   |   January 01, 2011
Critical Thinking: Knowledge and Skills for Evidence-Based Practice
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 2011, Vol. 42, 69-72. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2010/09-0037)
History: Received May 28, 2009 , Accepted January 18, 2010
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 2011, Vol. 42, 69-72. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2010/09-0037)
History: Received May 28, 2009; Accepted January 18, 2010
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Purpose I respond to Kamhi’s (2011)  conclusion in his article “Balancing Certainty and Uncertainty in Clinical Practice” that rational or critical thinking is an essential complement to evidence-based practice (EBP).

Method I expand on Kamhi’s conclusion and briefly describe what clinicians might need to know to think critically within an EBP profession. Specifically, I suggest how critical thinking is relevant to EBP, broadly summarize the relevant skills, indicate the importance of thinking dispositions, and outline the various ways our thinking can go wrong.

Conclusion I finish the commentary by suggesting that critical thinking skills should be considered a required outcome of our professional training programs.

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