Staying Up to Date In the April 5 issue, one reader expressed concern over whether or not the field’s scholarly journals are offered in print, stating, “I no longer read the journals because I feel that I need to have several hours to look up the information, find it, and then print it.” The ... Inbox
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Staying Up to Date
The ASHA Leader, June 2011, Vol. 16, 2-37. doi:10.1044/leader.IN1.16062011.2
The ASHA Leader, June 2011, Vol. 16, 2-37. doi:10.1044/leader.IN1.16062011.2
In the April 5 issue, one reader expressed concern over whether or not the field’s scholarly journals are offered in print, stating, “I no longer read the journals because I feel that I need to have several hours to look up the information, find it, and then print it.” The editor clarified that these journals are offered in print; however, I found a deeper issue with the submitter’s statement.
I encourage SLPs to provide ASHA with an updated e-mail address and check their accounts regularly, as ASHA sends e-mail links to newly published articles monthly. Part of staying up to date in our practice (and thus providing the most competent services possible) necessarily involves proficient use of the basic technology supporting our field. Public schools and hospitals alike are pushing toward paperless documentation because it increases productivity and supports the environment.
Although I do not refute one’s choice of journal format, I do not believe that staying informed on the research in our field is a choice. It is within our Code of Ethics that we utilize every resource possible to ensure we are providing high-quality services. SLPs have a responsibility toward the field and the individuals we serve to provide evidence-based care, and that evidence is constantly evolving. If an ASHA member has access to a computer, s/he has access to journals, and is accountable for staying informed. We must remember that these journals are more than just pleasure reading for our “spare time.” These journals are the foundation for the skilled services we are able to provide.
Valerie Inwald Chicago, Illinois
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