An Agenda for EBP and Fluency Disorders: A Call for Leadership From Division 4 Affiliates The professions of speech-language pathology and audiology, as well as the other health professions, are facing a major challenge: how to better incorporate evidence-based practice (EBP) into the culture of the professions. For the last two Division 4 Leadership Conferences, we have utilized leading authorities from the communication disorders ... Article
Article  |   April 01, 2005
An Agenda for EBP and Fluency Disorders: A Call for Leadership From Division 4 Affiliates
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  • Larry Molt
    ASHA Scientific and Professional Education Board
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Article   |   April 01, 2005
An Agenda for EBP and Fluency Disorders: A Call for Leadership From Division 4 Affiliates
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, April 2005, Vol. 15, 3-5. doi:10.1044/ffd15.1.3
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, April 2005, Vol. 15, 3-5. doi:10.1044/ffd15.1.3
The professions of speech-language pathology and audiology, as well as the other health professions, are facing a major challenge: how to better incorporate evidence-based practice (EBP) into the culture of the professions. For the last two Division 4 Leadership Conferences, we have utilized leading authorities from the communication disorders area to present information on the nature of evidence-based practice to our affiliates. We have discussed what EBP is, what it is not, reviewed the technical parlance, and reviewed the aims and goals for clients and for clinicians. At the last several ASHA Conventions, there also have been excellent presentations from a variety of authors and a variety of viewpoints on EBP and its current status within the fluency disorders area; in addition, multiple articles have appeared in our professional journals and textbooks have been written on the subject. EBP is here, and we can no longer just talk about EBP and our shortcomings in the area; we must do something about them. A major focus of the 2005 Division 4 Leadership Conference (August 4-6 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Boston) will be on developing a variety of strategies within the division and in conjunction with fluency professionals for improving the situation. In preparation for that meeting, I now present a review of recent developments at ASHA relative to the implementation of EBP that will, at least in part, drive our decisions and selection of strategies.
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