Searching for and Finding Evidence in AAC The selection of appropriate evidence resources and the implementation of a successful literature search are essential to retrieve the most current and best research evidence. In the interdisciplinary field of AAC, conducting an efficient evidence search can be a challenge because the research literature is scattered widely across numerous ... Article
Article  |   September 01, 2006
Searching for and Finding Evidence in AAC
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  • Oliver Wendt
    Department of Educational Studies, and Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Evidence-Based Practice
Article   |   September 01, 2006
Searching for and Finding Evidence in AAC
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, September 2006, Vol. 15, 19-21. doi:10.1044/aac15.3.19
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, September 2006, Vol. 15, 19-21. doi:10.1044/aac15.3.19
The selection of appropriate evidence resources and the implementation of a successful literature search are essential to retrieve the most current and best research evidence. In the interdisciplinary field of AAC, conducting an efficient evidence search can be a challenge because the research literature is scattered widely across numerous sources. The consequences of an inadequate search can have a dramatic impact on the outcome of practicing EBP. For example, a practitioner may inadvertently ignore significant evidence, and erroneously conclude that there is no evidence available. An inadequate search may also lead the practitioner to over- or underestimate the empirical support for a particular intervention or assessment. Or the practitioner may end up misjudging the applicability of the evidence to the particular client. Thus, knowledge and skills in conducting evidence searches are of particular importance.
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