Supporting evidence-based practice in speech-language pathology: A review of implementation strategies for promoting health professional behavior change

Wenonah N. Campbell, Natalie F. Douglas

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Abstract

Evidence-based practice (EBP) is recognized as being essential to optimizing service provision and attaining positive client outcomes in speech-language pathology. Yet, there are a number of barriers to attaining EBP in speech-language pathology, including how to support clinicians to successfully change their practices and behaviors. Drawing from the field of implementation science, the authors describe several implementation strategies that researchers can use to facilitate the behavior of health professionals towards adopting empirically supported practices. Key studies are identified that provide practical advice for researchers on how to select and study specific implementation strategies in the service of enhancing EBP in real-world environments. An illustrative example from physical and occupational therapy illustrates how researchers might apply this advice in their own research designs. Ultimately, well-designed studies using multifaceted implementation strategies are needed to reduce the research-to-practice gap in speech-language pathology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-81
Number of pages10
JournalEvidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention
Volume11
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2 2017

Keywords

  • Evidence-based practice
  • Health professional behavior change
  • Implementation science
  • Implementation strategies
  • Speech-language pathology

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