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With this landmark textbook, speech-language pathologists will learn to apply current best evidence as they make critical decisions about the care of each individual they serve. The first text that covers this cutting-edge topic for the communication disorders field, this book introduces SLPs to the principles and process of evidence-based practice, thoroughly covering its three primary components: “external” evidence from systematic research, “internal” evidence from clinical practice, and evidence concerning patient preferences. SLPs will get the in-depth guidance they need to: construct the right questions about best evidence; find the reliable information they need to answer these questions; evaluate the validity of both internal and external evidence; weigh the importance of empirical evidence, whether from a research study or from an individual patient; help patients fully understand clinical options and express their preferences; conduct systematic, critical appraisals of treatment evidence, diagnosis and screening evidence, and evidence from systematic reviews or meta-analyses. Developed by Christine A. Dollaghan, one of the most highly respected researchers in the field of language acquisition and disorders, this text makes complex concepts understandable with its clear, reader-friendly language, vivid step-by-step examples of key processes, and illuminating figures and tables. SLPs will come away with a solid, practical understanding of evidence-based practice —knowledge they’ll use throughout their careers to make sound clinical decisions about the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of communication disorders. Brookes Publishing | 2007 | 169 pages | 24 posttest questions | Course #60-84