Who cares about Evidence? How do we find it? And then – what do we do with it?! #WeSpeechies


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Come and join me as the #RoCur on #WeSpeechies again this week #slpeeps and #slp2bs! It’s time to talk EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE and what it means to you in clinical practice.

#WeSpeechies Chat 19 with Melissa Brunner

Date: Tuesday 8 July 2014
Time: 8:00pm AEST for one hour
Time Zone: Australian Eastern Standard Time (Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney) | YOUR TIME ZONE
This week’s curator: Melissa Brunner @LissBEE_CPSP

Topic: Looking for evidence and using EBP

Who cares about Evidence? How do we find it? And then – what do we do with it?!

As speech language pathologists/speech and language therapists we recognise the importance of using research evidence to inform our clinical practice when making decisions with our clients about interventions. Increasingly, we are asked to ‘defend’ what we are doing, and the time that it takes for us to do it, by managers and administrators – as well as clients and families.

The time that we are allocated to spend with clients for different treatments seems to be unrelated sometimes to the evidence saying that treatment should be intensive or more frequent, or of longer duration. Sometimes families ask for ‘more therapy’, despite the evidence showing that it will not necessarily help.

How do we resolve this by ‘finding the evidence’ and using it to improve our practice and make sure it is the best for the client? How do we actually go about finding evidence while busy with our daily roles in actually implementing the evidence?

Over this week on #WeSpeechies, we will talk all things EBP including (but not limited to):

  • Finding research evidence that helps to address the ‘clinical question’ (what kind of treatment is needed, and how much of it will help?
  • Tips and strategies for searching for the best available evidence.
  • How to evaluate the quality of the evidence you’ve found for one treatment against other treatments
  • How we go about using the best evidence available in clinical practice? Are our service models conducive to actually implementing what the research says would be best?
  • Discussing evidence with healthcare consumers – how do we raise the ‘uncertainties’ and ‘limitations’ in research findings – when limited findings can still be promising?
  • Informed decision making and goal setting with consumers – how can clients and families also be involved in critically reviewing the evidence, to make informed decisions?
  • Resources that we’ve found useful in reviewing evidence
  • How technology can help us out – including use of social media (of course!).



Q1 Do you love or loathe searching for evidence? Tell us why! #WeSpeechies

Q2 What are the barriers and facilitators in finding treatment evidence & using it in clinical practice? #WeSpeechies

Q3 Are there any hot tips or resources that you find invaluable when finding evidence or putting it into clinical practice? #WeSpeechies

Q4 How can we assist & engage consumers to make informed decisions about their healthcare? #WeSpeechies

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