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Procedures for using clinical practice guidelines.

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Title:
Procedures for using clinical practice guidelines.
Authors:
Hargrove P, Griffer M, Lund B
Journal:
Lang Speech Hear Serv Sch.
Publication date:
2008 Jul
Volume:
39
Issue:
3
First page:
289
Last page:
302
Link to pubmed:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18596287
Publication type:
Journal
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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 speech-language 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.

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Procedures for using clinical practice guidelines. Hargrove P, Griffer M, Lund B. Lang Speech Hear Serv Sch. 2008 Jul; 39(3):289-302.

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