Evidence-based practice (EBP) is the integration of
Clinical expertise/expert opinionThe knowledge, judgment, and critical reasoning acquired through your training and professional experiences
Evidence (external and internal)The best available information gathered from the scientific literature (external evidence) and from data and observations collected on your individual client (internal evidence)
Client/patient/caregiver perspectivesThe unique set of personal and cultural circumstances, values, priorities, and expectations identified by your client and their caregivers
When all three components of EBP are considered together, clinicians can make informed, evidence-based decisions and provide high-quality services reflecting the interests, values, needs, and choices of individuals with communication disorders.
The EBP Process
Follow these steps to initiate and implement EBP into your clinical practice.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 211,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students.