Evidence-Based Practice

Evidence-Based Practice2019-05-03T12:45:46-06:00

“Evidence-based practice” or “evidence-based medicine” involves a process which results in application of the best available evidence to clinical decision-making. All ACSLPA members have a professional and ethical obligation to consistently apply the concept of evidence-based practice to their service delivery decisions.

Guides to Finding Evidence-Based Information2019-05-03T12:53:26-06:00

The following websites provide useful information to assist clinicians in applying the concept of evidence-based practice to their service delivery decisions.

University of Alberta – Evidence-Based Medicine: Mini-Manual

Provides an overview of evidence-based medicine, step involved, types of evidence, levels of evidence, and guidelines for finding answers to clinical questions.

University of Alberta – Evidence-Based Medicine Toolkit

Provides a collection of tools for identifying, assessing and applying relevant evidence to clinical decision making.

University of Alberta – CATWalk: A Guide to Critically Appraised Topics

Provides information on how to critically appraise research literature.

University of Alberta – Acquiring Evidence

Provides numerous links to assist clinicians in applying the concept of evidence-based practice.

University of Alberta Libraries – Communication Sciences and Disorders Resource Page

Provides resources to assist speech-language pathologists and audiologists find evidence-based information.

Evidence Summary Databases2019-05-03T13:02:50-06:00

Evidence summary databases provide access to systematic reviews and evidence summaries. Information may be pre-appraised for quality.

The following evidence summary databases are available free of charge:

Centre for Reviews and Dissemination

Provides access to a collection of databases including:

  • Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE)
  • NHS Economic Evaluation Database (NHS EED)
  • Health Technology Assessments (HTA)

Cochrane Collaboration – Cochrane Reviews

Database provides access to abstracts and where available, plain language summaries of Cochrane systematic reviews; links to full-text versions may be available.

Health-Evidence.ca

Provides evidence based studies on public health topics.

speechBITE

Database provides open access to a catalogue of Best Interventions and Treatment Efficacy across the scope of speech-language pathology practice.

TRIP (Turning Research into Practice) Database

Allows health professionals to quickly identify the highest quality evidence for clinical practice; the database provides clinical practice guidelines, meta-analysis, systematic reviews and full articles.

Fees to access the following are applicable; a free trial option is available.

Cochrane Collection Plus

Provides the most comprehensive collection of databases from the Cochrane Library including the following:

  • NHS Economic Evaluation Database (NHS EED)
  • Health Technology Assessments (HTA)
  • Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR)
  • Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE)
  • Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials
  • Cochrane Methodology Register
Research Databases2019-05-03T13:06:28-06:00

Research databases provide access to research articles on a broad range of subject matter including speech-language pathology and audiology topics.

The following research database is available free of charge:

PubMed

The United States National Library of Medicine database includes over 20 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.

Fees to access the following are applicable; a free trial option is available.

CINAHL Plus with Full Text

Provides a comprehensive for nursing & allied health journals research database including the following:

  • Full text for over 770 journals
  • Full text for over 275 books/monographs
  • Full text coverage dating back to 1937
  • Indexing for over 4,500 journals
  • Evidence-based care sheets
  • Quick lessons + search strategies

EBSCO MEDLINE with Full Text

Provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more.

Free Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Related Journals2019-05-03T13:33:25-06:00
Other Sources of Clinical Information2019-05-03T13:13:48-06:00

Medline Plus

Provides current information on diseases, conditions and wellness issues.

Medscape Reference

Provides access to physical medicine and rehabilitation articles.

Research Council of Canada

Provides search function for national science library and ability to order articles for a fee through the Canadian Institute for Scientific and Technical Information.

Stroke Engine

Provides current information on stroke rehabilitation and interventions.