Information Literacy: Essential for Evidence-Based Practice The focus on evidence-based practice (EBP) is an important development in the field of communication disorders. ASHA issued a position statement that defines EBP for both speech-language pathologists and audiologists as “an approach in which current, high quality research evidence is integrated with practitioner expertise and client preferences and ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2005
Information Literacy: Essential for Evidence-Based Practice
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  • Barbara Nail-Chiwetalu
    University of Maryland, College Park
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Research Issues, Methods & Evidence-Based Practice / Professional Issues & Training / Normal Language Processing / Articles
Article   |   October 01, 2005
Information Literacy: Essential for Evidence-Based Practice
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, October 2005, Vol. 15, 14-17. doi:10.1044/aas15.3.14
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, October 2005, Vol. 15, 14-17. doi:10.1044/aas15.3.14
The focus on evidence-based practice (EBP) is an important development in the field of communication disorders. ASHA issued a position statement that defines EBP for both speech-language pathologists and audiologists as “an approach in which current, high quality research evidence is integrated with practitioner expertise and client preferences and values into the process of making clinical decisions” (2005, p.1). In the implementation of EBP, Standard III-F of the ASHA’s Standards for Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology states that clinicians “must demonstrate knowledge of processes used in research and the integration of research principles into evidence-based practice” (ASHA, 2004, p. 4). In order to make clinical practice evidence-based, the statement further stresses the importance of evaluating the quality of evidence and engaging in the ongoing practice of monitoring and incorporating new research evidence into clinical practice. Inherent in the implementation of EBP are the skills of information literacy (IL).
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