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Evidence-Based Practice Basics and Tools for Practicing Clinicians (NCEP102914)

Presenter(s): Cheryl A Swit, MS, CCC-SLP
Course Description

You can view this video and download the handouts for free (without CE credit) on the ASHA website and on ASHA Stream.

Audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and assistants strive to provide client-centered, evidence-based care, but they may have questions: What is considered evidence-based practice (EBP)? How do I make an evidence-based clinical decision? Are there tools for simplifying the EBP process? This course illuminates EBP concepts and guides you through clinical scenario activities while highlighting free, time-saving ASHA EBP resources and tools, such as ASHA’s EBP Toolkit. Learn new strategies and bolster your evidence-based decision-making skills.

This course is the first in a series of micro courses on Evidence-Based Decision-Making, which use clinical scenario activities to help you to sharpen your EBP skills.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • Define and identify components of EBP
  • Describe and work through the four steps of EBP
  • Recognize factors that influence clinical decisions
  • Identify free, time-saving ASHA resources to enhance EBP


  1. Define the components of EBP
  2. Explain the first two steps of the EBP Process
  3. Describe the last two steps of the EBP Process
  4. Activity: Select a clinical scenario and plan your search
  5. Activity: Search for external scientific evidence
  6. Activity: Assess the evidence and make a clinical decision

Presenter Information

Cheryl Swit, MS, CCC-SLP (she/her/hers) is a clinical research associate for ASHA's National Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Disorders (N-CEP). She creates EBP resources and tools for audiologists and speech-language pathologists and curates the ASHA Evidence Maps. Her clinical expertise focuses on evidence-based practice and knowledge translation for communication science disorder professionals. Prior to working at ASHA, she practiced as an SLP in public schools both in-person and via telepractice and in home-based early intervention.

Financial Disclosures:

  • ASHA employee

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • ASHA Member and Certified Speech-Language Pathologist

Assessment Type

Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

To earn continuing education credit, you must complete the learning assessment by the end date below.

Program History and CE Information

Content origination date: March 1, 2024
End date: March 1, 2029

This course is offered for 0.05 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 0.5
ASHA CEU*: 0.05
Item #(s): NCEP102914
Available Through: March 01, 2029