How To Be a Critical Consumer of Treatment Studies With the growing emphasis on evidence-based practice in the field of communication sciences and disorders, investigators have made increased efforts in recent years to conduct treatment studies and to publish their findings in scientific journals. Fortunately for school-based speech-language pathologists (SLPs), these efforts include studies of school-age children and ... Editorial
Editorial  |   July 01, 2011
How To Be a Critical Consumer of Treatment Studies
 
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  • Marilyn A. Nippold, PhDEditor
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Editorial
Editorial   |   July 01, 2011
How To Be a Critical Consumer of Treatment Studies
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 2011, Vol. 42, 239-240. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2011/ed-03)
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 2011, Vol. 42, 239-240. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2011/ed-03)
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With the growing emphasis on evidence-based practice in the field of communication sciences and disorders, investigators have made increased efforts in recent years to conduct treatment studies and to publish their findings in scientific journals. Fortunately for school-based speech-language pathologists (SLPs), these efforts include studies of school-age children and adolescents.
Treatment studies are essential to the health and well-being of our profession. Without research evidence to guide clinical practice, SLPs may not be delivering the best possible treatment to the clients they serve. However, not all treatment studies are equally well designed, and although many of them offer a wealth of creative ideas and insights, it is wise to remain cautious when reading the studies and to spend time thinking about the methods employed and the outcome reported. Without this type of critical analysis, it is easy for readers to be swept into a pattern of accepting the authors' conclusions without question. By examining treatment studies more closely, readers can determine for themselves what the take-home messages will be.
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