A Qualitative Examination of Current Guidelines for Evidence-Based Practice in Child Language Intervention Purpose The present investigation examines the time, effort, and resources that evidence-based practice (EBP) requires, and looks at what types of results are obtained. Method Principles of EBP as outlined by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association were applied to 3 treatment case studies. Results The cases took ... Research Article
Research Article  |   January 01, 2008
A Qualitative Examination of Current Guidelines for Evidence-Based Practice in Child Language Intervention
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Tim Brackenbury
    Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
  • Elizabeth Burroughs
    Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
  • Lynne E. Hewitt
    Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
  • Contact author: Tim Brackenbury, Department of Communication Disorders, Bowling Green State University, 246 Health Center Building, Bowling Green, OH 43403. E-mail: tbracke@bgnet.bgsu.edu.
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Development / Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Research Issues, Methods & Evidence-Based Practice / Research Articles
Research Article   |   January 01, 2008
A Qualitative Examination of Current Guidelines for Evidence-Based Practice in Child Language Intervention
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 2008, Vol. 39, 78-88. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2008/008)
History: Received June 27, 2006 , Revised January 26, 2007 , Accepted May 25, 2007
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 2008, Vol. 39, 78-88. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2008/008)
History: Received June 27, 2006; Revised January 26, 2007; Accepted May 25, 2007
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Purpose The present investigation examines the time, effort, and resources that evidence-based practice (EBP) requires, and looks at what types of results are obtained.

Method Principles of EBP as outlined by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association were applied to 3 treatment case studies.

Results The cases took between 3 and 7 hr to complete and yielded different amounts and types of results. Individual article searches yielded better results than did searches of systematic reviews. Most evidence found was from small-group and individual case studies.

Conclusion EBP is a necessary part of effective and ethical treatment. The resources needed, time involved, and availability of relevant information make current guidelines for EBP challenging for most full-time practitioners. Specific recommendations to address these concerns are offered.

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