Opinion Paper

Evidence-based Practice in Speech Language Pathology: Scaling Up

Laura M. Justice
South African Journal of Communication Disorders | Vol 55, No 1 | a740 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajcd.v55i1.740 | © 2020 Laura M. Justice | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 17 April 2020 | Published: 31 December 2008

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Laura M. Justice, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, United States

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Evidence-based practice is a process to which clinical professionals adhere when making decisions concerning the assessment or treatment o f a given condition. Within the field of speech-language pathology, it is increasingly advocated as best practice. As our profession seeks to transform itself from one that is primarily craft-based to one that relies on evidence-based processes, it must develop and implement a series of structures that will foster this transformation. This article describes three specific structures that are increasingly available within the field of speech-language pathology in the United States to guide transformation of the profession: systematic reviews and meta-analyses, treatment studies, and clearing houses. Without these structural supports, it is unlikely that evidence-based practice can be scaled u pin a way that has positive impacts on practice.


evidence-based practice; systematic review; meta-analysis


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