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How to know the evidence, using shortcuts specifically designed for speech–language pathologists
Here we describe and break down the pros and cons of three primary databases for clinical SLP research.
November 1, 2019
FACT: There are hundreds of papers published within the scope of speech–language pathology, every single month. Thus, expecting SLPs to “Just read the research” is, ah…. uninformed.
FACT: Clinicians need to know a lot of this research in order to treat their clients effectively and efficiently.
FACT: There are some truly great shortcuts that help SLPs know the evidence in our field
And we're here to tell you about them!
Option #1: speechBITE
Option #2: ASHA’s Evidence Maps
Option #3: The Informed SLP
First, if you want everything everything, you need to search databases like PubMed. You certainly won’t be able to write a dissertation using only speechBITE, the Evidence Maps, and The Informed SLP! But for clinicians, these websites do cover nearly all the research you'll need for practice. Especially when you use all three sources, together. They’re complimentary!
Not anything that's nearly as thorough!
And I bet many of the other websites, resources, and tools you use have their own unique utility! But nothing (other than reading hundreds of papers per month, on your own?!) is the same. Here are three places SLPs can get great information, but each does have some important limitations when it comes to knowing EBP:
Put another way: It’s hard to become an effective clinician by relying exclusively on tools that other clinicians have provided. It’s important to know why and how certain things may (or may not) work, so that you know how to use the tools properly, and adapt when a client isn’t exactly like who the tool or resource was designed for.
First, we know it’s not easy. We know you’re often taking time out of your own evening and weekend to do this, because research time isn't built into most SLPs’ workdays. And these websites will take a bit of your time. HOWEVER—they were also all designed to save you time.
I mean, seriously—it’s truly incredible to think of what was available to SLPs just 10 years ago vs. what is available today… we’re really starting to reduce the time burden of knowing the evidence, folks!
Edits and input provided by: Rebecca Bowen, MA, CCC-SLP, Clinical Research Associate at ASHA's National Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Disorders, and Professor Leanne Togher, PhD, B.App.Sc, Director of speechBITE, on behalf of the speechBITE team, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
From Rebecca Bowen:
Thanks for the opportunity to weigh in. We at ASHA's National Center for Evidence-Based Practice are committed to helping clinicians, students, and faculty understand and implement EBP through our Evidence Maps, NOMs data registry, online resources, tutorials, and upcoming toolkit. https://www.asha.org/Research/EBP.
From Leanne Togher:
As Director of speechBITE I invite everyone to search our database to help find the latest best evidence efficiently. We are funded by Speech Pathology Australia, ASHA and the Royal College of Speech Language Therapists so it is an international resource free to all. Also sign up for our monthly newsletter!
We pride ourselves on ensuring expertise and quality control for all our reviews. Multiple TISLP staff members and the original journal article authors are involved in the making of each review.
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