Evidence-Based Practice for AAC Practitioners This article represents a synopsis of a presentation at the recent Division 12 conference on evidence-based practice (EBP). The purpose of this information session was to provide an introduction to EBP for those conference participants who have not had any exposure to EBP. EBP was defined as “…the integration ... Article
Article  |   September 01, 2006
Evidence-Based Practice for AAC Practitioners
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  • Ralf W. Schlosser
    Northeastern University, Boston, MA
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Research Issues, Methods & Evidence-Based Practice / Evidence-Based Practice
Article   |   September 01, 2006
Evidence-Based Practice for AAC Practitioners
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, September 2006, Vol. 15, 8-9. doi:10.1044/aac15.3.8
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, September 2006, Vol. 15, 8-9. doi:10.1044/aac15.3.8
This article represents a synopsis of a presentation at the recent Division 12 conference on evidence-based practice (EBP). The purpose of this information session was to provide an introduction to EBP for those conference participants who have not had any exposure to EBP.
EBP was defined as “…the integration of best and current research evidence with clinical/educational expertise and relevant stakeholder perspectives to facilitate decisions for assessment and intervention that are deemed effective and efficient for a given direct stakeholder” (Schlosser, 2003, p. 256; Schlosser & Raghavendra, 2004, p. 3). This definition clearly indicates that EBP is in stark contrast to eminence-based practice, habit-based practice or convenience-based practice. Each of the key concepts in the previous definition was operationalized in more detail, but is beyond the scope of this article. This author believes that the three cornerstones of EBP (best and current research evidence, clinical/educational expertise, and relevant stakeholder perspectives) need to be integrated to arrive at decision-making consistent with EBP. That said, however, it is ultimately the perspectives of the stakeholders that will determine the decision to be made (see Schlosser & Raghavendra, 2004). Drawing from the work of Law (2002), I attempted to dispell frequently encountered myths about EBP. These include the notion that EBP is nothing but cookie-cutter practice and that EBP is a cost-cutting mechanism.
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