At The Informed SLP, we’re trying our best to connect clinicians and scientists with one another, toward the greater goal of getting more research into practice, and more practice into research. Given this, I’d like to extend an invitation to you all to help answer this particular question that we're picking at right now:
“How can we help clinicians make better use of current research evidence?”
Now, this is a BIG question. And not meant simply as "What can TISLP do?" but, globally, "What could be done?". By anyone! Now, some of you will be excited to discuss this. And others are just "over it", perhaps because you think the barriers are too high. Granted, discussion about evidence-based practice has been a hot topic for over a decade now, more recently morphing into talk of Implementation Science. But even though our field has made some nice progress, we’re nowhere near having an admirable hold on how to bring research into clinical practice efficiently. It simply isn’t happening.
So—if you’re ready and willing to chat about this, come along! But let’s impose some limits. First, let’s assume that, as SLPs, we aren’t going to radically change the way our jobs work (at least not easily, not right now, and not for everyone). We aren’t going to magically “appear” more than maybe 30 minutes per week, maximum, to work on something we don’t already work on. And, scientists—let’s assume that we aren’t going to magically revolutionize academia, either. Our responsibilities as university faculty limit us too, to maybe an extra 30 minutes per week, maximum, to work on this issue.
So, within these constraints, what needs to happen? What do scientists need to do? What do clinicians need to do? And can scientists and clinicians do it alone, together? Or does someone else need to take the wheel and help us out?
I’d also like to suggest a few things to consider while brainstorming this topic:
I hope you all can take some time to think on this for us! In the process, make sure to also listen. What are the needs of our clients? What are the needs our clinicians? What are the needs of our scientists? And—please—tell us what you need!
Hope you can "join us"!
Meredith Harold, PhD, CCC-SLP
The Informed SLP