Links

The following list of sites contains useful information on EBP and resources relevant to speech pathology and healthcare.

EBP relevant to speech pathology

ASHA EBP technical report
ASHA’s guidelines for EBP in speech-language pathology and audiology.

ASHA Compendium of EBP Guidelines and Systematic Reviews
This compendium contains an extensive list of clinical practice guidelines and systematic reviews relevant to speech-language pathology and audiology.

Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS)                                                                                                                                                                                                       The ANCDS provide evidence based practice guidelines for the management of communication disorders in neurologically impaired individuals.

Evidence-Based Practice Briefs
A publication that uses EBP principles to address specific clinical questions related to speech pathology practice.

ALTC report: Facilitating the Integration of Evidence Based Practice into Speech Pathology Curricula  
Pages 75-84 of this report contain an extensive list of EBP resources relevant to speech pathology.

NSW Speech Pathology EBP Network
The NSW Speech Pathology EBP Network was established in 2002 by a network of speech pathologists in order to share the process of creating clinical questions, critiquing the evidence, and evaluating its practical application to clinical practice. There is a range of EBP clinical interest groups who meet frequently, in which critical appraised papers and topics are developed and placed on the website.

Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention
An international journal that provides appraisal of communication assessment and intervention studies, including expert commentary about the quality of the evidence as well as its practical implications.

MUSEC Briefings
The Macquarie University Special Education Centre produces a series of one-page briefings to inform special educators and other professionals about the evidence base for a variety of educational practices.

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EBP in healthcare

International Centre for Allied Health Evidence
This website has a list of critical appraisal tools that can be used in the EBP process.

NHMRC EBP guidelines
The Australian National Health and Medical Research Council guidelines for EBP provide details on how to review scientific evidence in a systematic manner.

Stroke Engine
A website containing evidence-based information on the topic of stroke rehabilitation for health professionals, for people who have experienced a stroke and their families/friends.

The Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI)
An international research and development organisation focused on facilitating the implementation of EBP in healthcare.

Evidence-Based Medicine Online – BMJ
Surveys a wide range of international medical journals applying strict criteria for the quality and validity of research. Practicing clinicians assess the clinical relevance of the best studies.

Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM)
Provides valuable tools and downloads for EBP in health care.

Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD)
CRD undertakes reviews of research about the effects of interventions used in health and social care. The centre maintains various databases, provides an enquiry service and disseminates results of research to NHS decision makers.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
AHRQ sponsors and conducts research that provides evidence-based information on health care outcomes, quality, cost, use and access.

The Cochrane Collaboration
The Cochrane Collaboration provides up to date information and systematic reviews on the effects of interventions across the healthcare field.

University of Sydney EBM Tutorial: Finding the best available clinical evidence
This tutorial aims to clarify the process of searching for reliable clinical evidence and provides practical sessions on devising answerable questions and searching for evidence.

Evidence Map
An online hub for gathering and disseminating systematic reviews. It provides a searchable database of systematic reviews ordered by specialty area and provides an AMSTAR rating (assessment of the methodological quality of the systematic review).

International Guideline Library at the Guidelines International Network                                                                                                                 Search for guidelines in healthcare from all over the world.

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Other searchable EBP databases

PsycBITE
This database holds a large catalogue of studies on cognitive, behavioural and other treatments for psychological problems and issues occurring as a consequence of acquired brain impairment (ABI). PsycBITE also provides methodological ratings for study types such as randomised controlled trials, non-randomised controlled trials and single case experimental studies.

PEDro
This database provides rapid access to the bibliographic details and abstracts of randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy. Trials on this database have been also been rated for methodological quality to help clinicians quickly discriminate between trials which are likely to be valid and interpretable and those which are not.

OTseeker
This database contains abstracts of systematic reviews and randomised controlled trials relevant to occupational therapy. Trials have also been critically appraised and rated to assist clinicians in evaluating their validity and interpretability.

Trip
Trip is a clinical search engine designed to allow users to quickly and easily find and use high-quality research evidence to support their health practice and/or care. As well as research evidence, Trip allows clinicians to search across other content types including images, videos, patient information
leaflets, educational courses and news.

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