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Can you DISCERN what’s EBP in dysphagia?
Scientists are starting to tackle the question of how to measure the quality of online dysphagia resources.
November 5, 2021
How do we know which dysphagia resources are high-quality and which aren’t? This paper from Hazelwood and Pollack starts to tackle this question by using the DISCERN scale to judge online dysphagia resources—from podcasts to CEU sites to Facebook groups. Take a peek at the DISCERN here.
The first finding was that most of the resources named by SLPs earned “mediocre quality” overall scores. Oh, great.
The second finding was that it wasn’t easy to predict which people would be more likely to recommend high-quality resources. Things like familiarity and confidence in quality appraisal, having a BCS-S, or years of experience simply didn’t matter. Oh, double great!?!
First, this paper is a huge step in the right direction. Our field has needed product quality appraisal for a while now, and it’s really not being done anywhere, in any thorough or structured way. So kudos to the authors for kicking this off!
But, we need to discuss caveats, and where we might want to go next. Some big things to consider:
Finally, this is a really good example of why discussion among all stakeholders is critical for implementation. This includes students, clinicians, scientists, supervisors and teaching faculty, business owners, social media influencers, leadership, and our clients. Together we can see the barriers and facilitators of implementation that would have been impossible for us to address in our own silos, with our own blindspots. We DISCERN a call to engagement.
PS: Headed to read the paper? Note that you won’t find TISLP there. Our dysphagia content was launched for the first time in August 2019, which was the month this data was collected.
Hazelwood, R. J., & Pollack, L. M. (2021). Critical review of online resources frequently used by certified speech-language pathologists for dysphagia management. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups. https://doi.org/10.1044/2021_persp-21-0010 [available to ASHA SIG members]
This review is free to share!
Meredith Harold, PhD, CCC-SLP
Meredith Poore Harold, PhD, CCC-SLP is founder and owner of The Informed SLP—a website dedicated to connecting clinicians and scientists with each other’s work. Learn more about her at www.meredithharold.com
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