ASHA Learning Pass

Log in and check out the Dashboard to view featured courses.

Go Back

Troubleshooting Common Obstacles to External Scientific Evidence (NCEP102916)

Presenter(s): Kelly Michelle Jones, MA, 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.

While clinicians may know the fundamentals of evidence-based practice (EBP), many struggle to implement EBP in real-world situations with their clients. Often, this is due to limited research, a lack of high-quality research, or the absence of a clear takeaway from external scientific literature. In this course, participants will learn more about these obstacles and strategies to overcome them. Learning how to navigate these barriers will assist clinicians in making patient-centered and evidence-based clinical decisions.

This course is the third 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:

  • Describe common obstacles to identifying and applying external scientific evidence
  • Identify solutions to overcoming these obstacles


  1. Components and steps of EBP
  2. Barriers to integrating external research
  3. Overcoming obstacles to integrating evidence
  4. Activity: Locate and appraise research evidence
  5. Activity: Make a clinical decision

Presenter Information

Kelly Jones, MA, CCC-SLP (she/her/hers) is a clinical research associate for ASHA's National Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Disorders (N-CEP). Within N-CEP, Kelly contributes to a wide range of resources designed to increase clinician access to and knowledge of data, research, and evidence-based processes. It is her goal to assist audiologists and speech-language pathologists in improving the quality and effectiveness of their services while also demonstrating their value. Prior to working at ASHA, Kelly worked in acute care and acute rehabilitation settings, with a specific focus in traumatic brain injury, tumor, stroke, and collaborative practice.

Financial Disclosures:

  • ASHA employee

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • ASHA Member and ASHA-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): NCEP102916
Available Through: March 01, 2029