How to Best Measure Outcomes in SLP Patients

From my readings, I understand that it can sometimes be very difficult to moniter and measure the progress and outcomes of an SLP patient. It is also very difficult to decide which methods to use in order to help a patient- and sometimes because learning can be a lengthy experience- SLP’s find it difficult to see which of their methods is working best.

The following is an excerpt from the book “Measuring Outcomes in Speech-language Pathology” by Carol Frattali:

“The problem could easily shift from one of “too little evidence” to another of “too much weak evidence”. We could soon suffer from the division of purpose in outcomes measurement in general, and flawed methods of data collection, analysis, and interpretation in specific. These pitfalls are all to possible in the current environment that is operating with differing, and sometimes conflicting, terminology and conceptual frameworks from which to create new knowlege.”

With so many different terminologies and so many different methods; which is the best way to track and assess the progress of difficult cases?


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