alexa An assessment of the information-seeking abilities and needs of practicing speech-language pathologists.


Advances in Robotics & Automation

Author(s): NailChiwetalu B, Bernstein Ratner N

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Abstract OBJECTIVES: This study assessed the information-seeking practices and needs of speech-language pathologists (SLPs). Improved understanding of these needs can inform librarians and educators to better prepare students in principles and methods of evidence-based practice (EBP) and, through continuing education (CE), promote the integration of EBP into clinical practice of SLPs. METHODS: A 16-question survey was mailed to 1,000 certified speech-language pathologists in the United States. RESULTS: Two hundred and eight usable surveys were returned for a response rate of 21\%. For clinical questions, SLPs most often consulted with a colleague, participated in CE activities, and searched the open Internet. Few respondents relied on scholarly journal articles for assistance with clinical cases. The most prominent barriers to finding appropriate information were time and knowledge of where and how to find relevant information. Few reported having information literacy instruction by a librarian. DISCUSSION: If EBP is to become a viable practice in clinical decision making, there appears to be a tremendous need for information literacy instruction in the university curriculum, as well as through CE activities for currently practicing SLPs. Given respondents' reported lack of time and limited access to full-text journals containing evidence relevant to clinical practice, the field of speech-language pathology will need to generate readily accessible clinical summaries of research evidence through meta-analyses, systematic reviews, and clinical practice guidelines.
This article was published in J Med Libr Assoc and referenced in Advances in Robotics & Automation

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