RESEARCH & EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE

Archive of Judith Kuster's Internet Columns

This site contains a list of columns from the ASHA Magazine and the ASHA Leader from February 1995 to present.  It is important to remember that the Internet has grown and changed enormously, and that the information and URLs (addresses) in earlier columns are often out-of-date. Past columns are maintained for historical interest. The links on current columns will be more reliable. Links on current or past columns have not be modified or updated.

ASHA Practice Portal

ASHA's Practice Portal offers clinicians access to resources, information, and tools to guide evidence-based clinical decision making.  Displayed in an easy-to-use online format, Portal content helps users . . .

  • find the best available evidence and expertise on client and patient care;

  • identify resources that have been vetted for relevance and credibility;

  • locate community forums, technical assistance, and educational opportunities.

In addition, the Portal offers one-stop access to client and patient handouts, evidence maps, and templates and tools.  Currently, the Portal site features detailed content on 20 clinical and professional issues for audiologists and speech language pathologists, including pages on autism, dementia, bilingual service delivery, classroom acoustics, and newborn hearing screening. New pages are added on a regular basis and announced on ASHA's Facebook, twitter, and community sites.

Bristol Speech and Language Therapy Research Unit

The Speech and Language Therapy Research Unit was founded in 1987 by Professor Pam Enderby with the support of a grant from the Underwood Trust. Now, twenty-five years later, with an illustrious history behind us, we are on the verge of a new era.  Members of the Unit have led a national team with a successful proposal for a National Institute of Health Research Programme Grant. This 3-year grant focuses on the development of evidence-based speech and language therapy with pre-school children.  In 2011 there has been a National Year of Speech and Language Communication to promote the needs of children with communication difficulties. Members of the research team were instrumental in the development of the local campaign which won a national award for its landmark activity, playing our part in raising awareness, increasing understanding and improving services.  These events, combined with the unique skills, expertise and proven research record of the Unit will ensure that we stay at the centre of research for speech, language and communication in the UK.

Compendium of EBP Guidelines and Systematic Reviews

In the summer of 2005, staff of ASHA's National Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Disorders (N-CEP) embarked upon a research project to identify and obtain clinical practice guidelines from all over the world related to audiology and/or speech-language pathology. As noted elsewhere on this site, clinical practice guidelines, when tied directly to a systematic review of scientific evidence, can be an invaluable tool in helping clinicians to make the best decisions with and for their clients. These guidelines and reviews are presented for informational purposes only, and their inclusion does not imply ASHA endorsement of or agreement with any particular conclusions or recommendations.

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