The Bench to Practice to Bench Cycle of Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Evidence-based clinical practice (EBCP) is a concept that has been discussed in various iterations by health care scientists and practitioners over the past half century. EBCP refers generally to the use of empirical data combined with clinical expertise and end-user (i.e., patient) values to inform and to change clinical ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 2006
The Bench to Practice to Bench Cycle of Evidence-Based Clinical Practice
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  • J.B. Orange
    School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada
  • Andrew Johnson
    School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada
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Article   |   July 01, 2006
The Bench to Practice to Bench Cycle of Evidence-Based Clinical Practice
SIG 5 Perspectives on Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders, July 2006, Vol. 16, 3-8. doi:10.1044/ssod16.1.3
SIG 5 Perspectives on Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders, July 2006, Vol. 16, 3-8. doi:10.1044/ssod16.1.3
Evidence-based clinical practice (EBCP) is a concept that has been discussed in various iterations by health care scientists and practitioners over the past half century. EBCP refers generally to the use of empirical data combined with clinical expertise and end-user (i.e., patient) values to inform and to change clinical activities (Sackett, Strauss, Richardson, Rosenberg, & Haynes, 2000). EBCP originated within the field of medicine, and as a result its practice is heavily steeped in medical research paradigms. Over the past two decades, however, it has risen to prominence in both speech science and the profession of speech-language pathology. The emerging emphasis on EBCP seems to be fueled by the mounting importance placed on health-care accountability by administrators, policy-makers, researchers, clinicians, clients/patients, and other interested groups such as professional associations, drug and assistive device manufacturers, and representatives of disease-based organizations (e.g., Heart and Stroke Foundation). As we will discuss, however, EBCP also provides a framework for the evaluation of scientific evidence within clinical practice and within a complex and rapidly changing professional landscape.
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