DescriptionLike all health professionals, speech and language therapists (SLTs) need to keep themselves up-to-date with the research evidence base that is relevant to their field of practice and be able to show how this contributes to their clinical decision-making. However, it is not always clear to practitioners how evidence-based practice (EBP) can be properly embedded in their day-to-day activities. In this valuable book, Hazel Roddam and Jemma Skeat present a wealth of instructive examples by SLT contributors from around the world, showing how clinicians, educators, and researchers have risen to the EBP challenge.
Embedding evidence-based practice in speech and language therapy showcases the creative ways that SLTs are developing knowledge and skills for EBP, creating contexts that support the use of evidence in practice, and working towards making evidence easily accessible and usable. It includes real-life examples of how SLTs have encountered a clinical problem or situation and have accessed and used the evidence within their day-to-day practice. The contributors come from a wide range of work settings, from services situated within large organizations to those in independent practice, and represent a range of clinical areas, from paediatric to adult and across speech, language, voice, fluency, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), and dysphagia.
This book is written for an audience of clinical practitioners, at any stage of their career, and is additionally a valuable resource for SLT students and lecturers.
Professor Sheena Reilly, Australia.
Professor Pam Enderby, United Kingdom.
About the editors.
Section One: Understanding EBP.
1 Purpose of this book (Hazel Roddam and Jemma Skeat).
2 What does EBP mean to speech and language therapists? (Hazel Roddam and Jemma Skeat).
3 What are the barriers to EBP in speech and language therapy? (Jemma Skeat and Hazel Roddam).
Section Two: Developing knowledge and skills for EBP.
4 Teaching undergraduates to become critical and effective clinicians (Bea Spek, The Netherlands).
5 Promoting clinical effectiveness with postgraduate students (Paula Leslie and James L. Coyle, United States).
6 Clinical effectiveness: not just a journal club (Satty Boyes and Gina Sutcliffe, United Kingdom).
7 Using evidence-based practice in supervision (Hannah Crawford, United Kingdom).
8 Meeting skill gaps and training needs (commentary on Section Two) (Hazel Roddam and Jemma Skeat).
Section Three: Creating a supportive context for EBP.
9 The role of leadership in creating evidence-based services (Karen Davies, United Kingdom).
10 Supporting staff to balance caseload demands (Sean Pert, United Kingdom).
11 A model of clinician-researcher collaboration in a community setting (Parimala Raghavendra, Australia).
12 Valuing evidence-based practice in the clinical setting – a showcase event (Siân E. Davies and Tracey C. Dean, United Kingdom).
13 Launching and sustaining an evidence-based highly specialist service (Sheena Round and Sarah Beazley, United Kingdom).
14 Strategic approaches to promoting the value of EBP (commentary on Section Three) (Hazel Roddam and Jemma Skeat).
Section Four: Making the evidence work for us.
15 The importance of listening to the views of clients (Pirkko Rautakoski, Finland).
16 Developing evidence-based clinical resources (Russell Thomas Cross, United States).
17 Creating evidence-based policy to facilitate evidence-based practice (Angie Dobbrick, Australia).
18 Building and supporting a multi-stream clinical evidence-based practice Network (Tracy Kelly, Rachel Miles Kingma and Rachelle Robinson, Australia).
19 Equipping ourselves as evidence-based practitioners: tools and resources for EBP (commentary on Section Four) (Jemma Skeat and Hazel Roddam).
Section Five: Applying evidence to meet clinical challenges.
20 A community-based project in rural Sri Lanka (Shalini Felicity Gomesz, Sri Lanka).
21 Supporting communicative participation for children with complex communication needs: how the evidence contributes to the journey (Angela Guidera, Catherine Olsson and Parimala Raghavendra, Australia).
22 Evidence-based diagnosis of speech, language and swallowing following paediatric stroke (Angela Morgan, Australia).
23 Working with a dysfl uent three-year-old from a bilingual family (Patricia Oksenberg, France).
24 Supporting parents and teachers in managing autism: an example of an evidence-informed model for assessment and intervention (Anneli Yliherva, Finland).
25 Communication therapy on the Stroke Care Unit (Daniel De Stefanis and Gracie Tomolo, Australia).
26 Working with psychogenic dysphonia (Beth Higginbottom and Linda House, United Kingdom).
27 Implementation of a free fl uid protocol in an aged care facility (Amanda Scott and Leora Benjamin, Australia).
28 Prosody intervention for children (Christina Samuelsson, Sweden).
29 Supporting evidence-based practice for students on placement: making management decisions for two clients with Down Syndrome (Ruth Miller, United Kingdom).
30 Bridging the research–clinical divide through postgraduate research training (Georgia D. Bertou, Greece).
31 Many roads lead to EBP (commentary on Section Five) (Jemma Skeat and Hazel Roddam).
Section Six: Future directions for EBP in speech and language therapy.
32 Wider consultation on embedding EBP in SLT practice (Hazel Roddam and Jemma Skeat).
33 The role of refl ective practice in supporting EBP (Jemma Skeat and Hazel Roddam).
34 Embedding EBP: future directions (Hazel Roddam and Jemma Skeat).