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Now in its third edition, Clinical Research Methods in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology is a valuable and comprehensive resource for understanding and conducting clinical research in communication sciences and disorders.
Framing Your Clinical Question
To help keep your question focused and relevant, try using the PICO framework:
Population - How are you defining the group? What are their characteristics? Consider diagnosis, age, severity, etc.
Intervention - What treatment, screening, assessment, etc. are you considering?
Comparison - What is your main alternative to the intervention? (sometimes there isn't one)
Outcome - What do you want to improve, measure, achieve?
Before gathering evidence, consider additional/alternative keywords for each part of your PICO question.
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Speech Pathology Database for Best Interventions and Treatment Efficacy (speechBITE), started by speech pathologists at the University of Sydney, is a free database of intervention studies across the scope of speech pathology practice.