A survey of variables influencing speech-language pathologists' use of evidence-based practice in clinical settings

Ailbhe Cormack, University of Texas at El Paso

Abstract

Although the need for evidence-based practice (EBP) in speech-language pathology has been well attested, multiple barriers hamper its implementation. Purpose. The purpose of this study was to compare variables influencing the use of EBP by practicing speech-language pathologists (SLPs). Method. Eighty-five SLPs based out of different primary work settings in El Paso, Texas responded to a survey addressing: (1) attitudes and perceived barriers toward EBP, (2) exposure to EBP, research methodology and statistics in graduate courses, (3) time in practice, (4) practice setting(s), (5) amount and nature of support for EBP in work settings, and (6) use of research literature to support their caseload. Results. Clinicians who complete more coursework in EBP and research methodology, engage in more research activities, and receive more support in their workplace are more likely to implement EBP.^

Subject Area

Health Sciences, Speech Pathology

Recommended Citation

Cormack, Ailbhe, "A survey of variables influencing speech-language pathologists' use of evidence-based practice in clinical settings" (2010). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1477778.
http://digitalcommons.utep.edu/dissertations/AAI1477778

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