SLPA 47200: Clinical Methods

Best Bets

This is a great tool for finding primary medical and research articles.
This is a great tool for finding education, health promotion, and psychosocial health articles along with research articles.
This is a great tool for finding psychology, psychiatry, sociology and medical articles along with research articles.
ERIC (Ebsco interface)
This is a great tool for finding education articles.

Defining Your Research Question

  • Determine and define the clinical problem
·       Frame this in a question format as it will help you determine the key concepts: population, intervention and outcome.
  • Generate a list of keywords using PICO
·       Patient or Population (what is the disorder or disease)
·       Intervention
·       Comparison (if any)
·       Outcome (what you are hoping to assess)

Search Strategies


1. als or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ameotropic lateral sclerosis or lou gehrig's disease
2. speech or language* or voice or phonation or conversation or dysarthria or aphasia or apraxia or anomia

1. stutter* or stammer*
2. intervention or therapy or treatment

LIMITS: Both Medline and CINAHL

CINAHL -- Limit to "Research Article"

Course Readings

Clinic Manual for Students in Speech Pathology Clinical Practicum-available online via SLPA department web page. Go to Documents for Enrolled Students, Clinic Folder. This information is essential and provides detailed procedures regarding therapy, diagnostic procedures regarding therapy, diagnostic and report writing.

Gillam, R, & Frome Loeb, D. (2010). Insights from randomized controlled trials. The ASHA Leader, 1/19/20, 10-13.