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Communication Disorders 4480: Applications of Research in Communication Disorders

Applications of Research in Communication Disorders

Is it Evidence-Based Practice?

Evidence-based practice is used to decide on the optimum care of an individual patient based on the best current evidence.

After you have found a relevant peer-reviewed article, do you still need a good overview to determine if the information will qualify as evidence-based practice? This article has a section on "Understanding EBP":

Conner, B. T. (2014). Differentiating research, evidence-based practice, and quality improvementAmerican Nurse Today, 9(6), 26-31.

Remember, you need to find an article that:

  • is peer-reviewed
  • has acceptable evidence from a broad study
  • has information based on multiple resources/studies


Use CINAHL Complete

The database CINAHL Complete has the option to search for only Evidence-Based Practice articles.  This option is under the Advanced Search.

Check the box for Evidence-Based Practice:

TIP:  EBP "Fact Sheets" are not peer-reviewed articles.


While you can always add the phrase "evidence based practice" to a search, it probably will NOT be much help as the term may not be used in the article or its description.  What's best?  Your evalulation of likely articles.