Outcomes Measurement and Management: Treatment Efficacy As speech-language pathologists and audiologists, we have a unique opportunity to enhance our patients’ personal, academic, job-related, and social lives. A competent clinician will provide treatment in such a way as to help the person develop him/her self, learn to trust in his/her own abilities, and more importantly, to ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2001
Outcomes Measurement and Management: Treatment Efficacy
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  • Sasha Yampolsky
    Boston University, Boston, MA
  • Carmen Vega-BarachowitzColumn Editor
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Professional Issues & Training / Outcomes Measurement and Management
Article   |   October 01, 2001
Outcomes Measurement and Management: Treatment Efficacy
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, October 2001, Vol. 11, 13-15. doi:10.1044/aas11.3.13
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, October 2001, Vol. 11, 13-15. doi:10.1044/aas11.3.13
As speech-language pathologists and audiologists, we have a unique opportunity to enhance our patients’ personal, academic, job-related, and social lives. A competent clinician will provide treatment in such a way as to help the person develop him/her self, learn to trust in his/her own abilities, and more importantly, to fully utilize those abilities outside of the clinic. Olswang (1990)  writes that the term treatment efficacy involves three major factors. These are the overall impact of treatment, the efficiency of one treatment over another, and the effects of treatment on the target behavior. If a treatment has been proven to be efficacious in a controlled group study with a defined population, its effectiveness can then be evaluated. While efficacy indicates that a treatment can work under ideal and controlled conditions, effectiveness indicates that a treatment does work (accounting for all possible effects, intended or unintended) under average conditions of use. While products and programs are constantly emerging in our growing field, and funding is becoming a major issue, it is important to examine the above factors when choosing an efficacious treatment.
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