Procedures for using clinical practice guidelines

  • Hargrove P
  • Griffer M
  • Lund B
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Purpose: This article provides information about clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) to facilitate their application to the practice of speech-language pathology. CPGs are sets of recommendations based on evidence, including expert clinical opinion, that have been developed by a panel of reviewers. In this article, CPGs are defined and their components and rationale for use are discussed. A guide for analyzing CPGs critically and recommendations for applying them to clinical practice are also described. Method: Two of the authors and 1 graduate student in speechlanguage pathology independently evaluated a CPG from the early intervention literature using the guide described in the article. An illustrative evaluation of a CPG is presented to facilitate application of the proposed critiquing guide. Results: The guide was revealed to have high interrater reliability. However, analysis of the raters' responses to the individual items revealed problems with 3 items. The authors present possible resolutions and/or explanations for the problems. Conclusion: By using the proposed guide, speech-language pathologists can increase their application of research to clinical practice, thereby enhancing their skills in informed clinical decision making

Author-supplied keywords

  • Article
  • Case Studies
  • Case Study
  • Clinical Decision Making
  • Clinical Practice
  • Communicative Disorders -- Diagnosis
  • Communicative Disorders -- Therapy
  • Decision Making
  • Decision Making,Clinical
  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Early Intervention
  • Evaluation
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Graduate
  • Health
  • Information
  • Interrater Reliability
  • Item Analysis
  • Language
  • Literature
  • Pathology
  • Pediatric Care
  • Practice Guideline
  • Practice Guidelines
  • Practice Guidelines -- Evaluation
  • Practice Guidelines -- Utilization
  • Professional Practice,Evidence-Based
  • Reliability
  • Research
  • Skill
  • Speech
  • Speech Language Pathologist
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Speech-Language Pathology
  • Speech-Language Pathology -- Standards
  • Student
  • Students,Speech-Language Pathology
  • University

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  • P Hargrove

  • M Griffer

  • B Lund

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