Critically Appraised Topics: An Approach to Critical Appraisal of Evidence The process of evidence-based practice (EBP) starts with generating a clinically relevant, well-built question followed by a search for research evidence. From this search, the most significant and rigorous research is chosen and critically appraised. The main results are summarized and translated into applicable measures of efficacy or accuracy ... Article
Article  |   September 01, 2006
Critically Appraised Topics: An Approach to Critical Appraisal of Evidence
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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 / Research Issues, Methods & Evidence-Based Practice / Evidence-Based Practice
Article   |   September 01, 2006
Critically Appraised Topics: An Approach to Critical Appraisal of Evidence
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, September 2006, Vol. 15, 24-26. doi:10.1044/aac15.3.24
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, September 2006, Vol. 15, 24-26. doi:10.1044/aac15.3.24
The process of evidence-based practice (EBP) starts with generating a clinically relevant, well-built question followed by a search for research evidence. From this search, the most significant and rigorous research is chosen and critically appraised. The main results are summarized and translated into applicable measures of efficacy or accuracy that are useful for decision-making in clinical practice. Finally, the results are written up as a structured, short document to be shared among professionals. This sequence is known as developing a Critically Appraised Topic (CAT). Practitioners are encouraged to construct CATs and therefore need to be familiar with the following:
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