Links

There are lots of different options for ‘searching’ for the evidence. Start with review groups that have completed a ‘systematic review’ on a specific topic. Also consider searching speech pathology specific databases, such as SpeechBITE. If you don’t find a systematic review, or clinical practice guideline, then start to search for individual research articles. Here’s a selection of helpful links.
www.asha.org/Members/ebp/EBSRs.htm
ASHA’s Evidence-based systematic reviews
www.speechandlanguage.com/ebp-briefs
Summaries of research addressing specific clinical question, given a specific clinical case scenario. There are ‘EBP Briefs’ across a number of areas of speech pathology practice. Occasional podcasts (from the authors of each Brief) are available on the same website.
www.ncepmaps.org
ASHA Evidence-based practice MAPS. They are ‘intended to provide clinicians, researchers, clients, and caregivers with tools and guidance to engage in evidence-based decision making. These maps highlight the importance of the three components of evidence-based practice (EBP). External Scientific Evidence, Clinical Expertise/Expert Opinion, and Client/Patient/Caregiver Perspectives.’ (ASHA, 2012).
www.cochrane.org 
Systematic reviews across many areas related to health
www.campbellcollaboration.org
This is the Campbell Collaboration Library of Systematic Reviews across various topics.  The website also has lots of helpful information on the conduct of EBP.
http://guideline.gov 
US Department of Health and Human Services – contains evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.
http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/ 
The ‘What works clearinghouse’ from the US Department of Education, primarily relevant to early intervention, and paediatric language and literacy.
www.ancds.org 
Evidence Based Practice Guidelines for the Management of Communication Disorders in Neurologically Impaired Individuals
www.internationalbrain.org 
This website is described as ‘one stop source’ for evidence searches for acquired brain injury interventions.
PubMed 
Source for the medical sciences.
www.speechbite.com
A database that provides open access to a catalogue (not the actual articles) of Best Interventions and Treatment Efficacy across the scope of Speech Pathology practice. This is an evidence based practice initiative between The University of Sydney and Speech Pathology Australia.
CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature)
This database covers aspects of nursing and allied health disciplines.
PsychINFO
Database for Psychology produced by the American Psychological Association. This database covers areas such as psychology: social, clinical, cognitive and neuropsychology; psychiatry, sociology, anthropology and education.
www.eric.edu.gov
ERIC access to educational-related literature.
www.scopus.com 
Scopus multidisciplinary database covering published material in the humanities and medical sciences.

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