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Intervention research: Appraising study designs, interpreting findings and creating research in clinical practice

Ebbels, SH; (2017) Intervention research: Appraising study designs, interpreting findings and creating research in clinical practice. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology , 19 (3) pp. 218-231. 10.1080/17549507.2016.1276215. Green open access

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Abstract

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are increasingly required to read, interpret and create evidence regarding the effectiveness of interventions. This requires a good understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of different intervention study designs. This paper aims to take readers through a range of designs commonly used in speech-language pathology, working from those with the least to most experimental control, with a particular focus on how the more robust designs avoid some of the limitations of weaker designs. It then discusses the factors other than research design which need to be considered when deciding whether or not to implement an intervention in clinical practice. The final section offers some tips and advice on carrying out research in clinical practice, with the hope that more SLPs will become actively involved in creating intervention research.

Type: Article
Title: Intervention research: Appraising study designs, interpreting findings and creating research in clinical practice
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/17549507.2016.1276215
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17549507.2016.1276215
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Evidence-based practice, intervention research, study design
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1536135
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