Answer each question, one at a time. After some of these steps, you may feel like, "I don't have time for that!?" Yeah, well, that's what clinicians say when they're told they need to know the research!
(doh) Implementation requires all of our thoughtful efforts and service to the field!
So let's get started.
Was the intervention designed with clients’ and SLPs’ needs in mind? If Yes: next step If No: This blog post isn’t for you. No worries! Your audience may simply not be SLPs.
Could an SLP take your research, and immediately apply it to practice? Do your findings have the potential to change clinical practice? Currently? If Yes: next step If No: That's ok! It’s probably just not the purpose of your research. At The Informed SLP, we’re finding that about 90% of articles published each month in our field are not clinically applicable. For all sorts of reasons. And when they're not, your audience isn't SLPs. But, thank you for your scholarship, and come back when you have an article that is a "yes" to this question! Because, more than likely, that's your research trajectory but not the case for your present study.
What’s the #1 thing SLPs cite as a barrier to knowing the research evidence? Time constraints (Hoffman et al., 2013; Nail-Chewetalu & Ratner, 2006). And of course we can't magically gift ourselves several extra hours per week. But even saving a little time, with things like EBP guidelines (Fey, 2006), can help! Overall, reading EBP guidelines and systematic reviews is a whole lot more manageable than trying to learn something new by approaching the topic cold, attempting to search databases, and digging for relevant articles.
So, without further ado—our favorite resources for EBP Guidelines & Systematic Reviews:
discussion on practice applied to research (that is, what the scientists need to look at, and how, in order to best support SLPs)
a mix of clinicians and scientists, chatting about how to make clinical practice more efficient and effective... chatting about how to make our jobs easier, better... so we can serve our primary function of supporting the clients!
Also, there's a weekly chat feature, where we invite experts to come give us great info and answer questions. Here's a small sample of folks we've invited:
#Week1 Dr. Holly Storkel discussed Treatment Intensity. Ways to measure it, how to choose appropriate treatment intensity/schedule, how to know if intensity is right (what’s “enough”?), and caseload and workload issues.
#Week2 Dr. Ignatius Nip discussed Pediatric Dysarthria, including current best-practice tips for treatment. Dr. Nip also had an excellent post on measuring intelligibility in pediatric clients.
#Week9 Dr. Kelly Farquharson discussed Speech Sound Disorders and Reading Outcomes
#Week10 Dr. Jennifer Pusins discussed Infant Feeding and Swallowing
You can go BACK to conversations you may have missed by searching these #week__ hashtags within the group (once you join). See the full schedule of past guests under the group's pinned announcement posts.
Oh, and if you're wondering who "we" is? We have several group admins, a mix of SLPs and scientists, from different parts of the country and different universities. Learn about us here.