Don’t Google It—Use the Practice Portal What tests can I use to confirm that my patient has superior canal dehiscence? If I hire an audiology assistant, how much and how often should I be prepared to provide supervision? Can the speech-language pathology assistant who works with me write, develop or modify a student, patient or client’s ... ASHA News
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Don’t Google It—Use the Practice Portal
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ASHA News   |   April 01, 2013
Don’t Google It—Use the Practice Portal
The ASHA Leader, April 2013, Vol. 18, 61. doi:10.1044/leader.AN2.18042013.61
The ASHA Leader, April 2013, Vol. 18, 61. doi:10.1044/leader.AN2.18042013.61
What tests can I use to confirm that my patient has superior canal dehiscence?
If I hire an audiology assistant, how much and how often should I be prepared to provide supervision? Can the speech-language pathology assistant who works with me write, develop or modify a student, patient or client’s treatment plan?
I want to use partner approaches in treatment for a patient with aphasia—what do evidence and expert opinion say about them?
Audiologists and speech-language pathologists looking for answers to these and other clinical decisions can turn to ASHA’s new Practice Portal, a one-stop online resource for clinical decision-making.
ASHA recently launched a trial version of the Practice Portal, accessible on a computer, tablet or smartphone. The portal is designed to help users find the best available evidence and expertise in client and patient care; identify resources that have been vetted for relevance and credibility; and provide links to community forums, technical assistance and educational opportunities related to the topic.
Content is developed through a comprehensive process that integrates scientific evidence, clinical expertise and client perspective. Subject matter experts provide several rounds of content input and peer review. Content can easily be revised as new evidence or resources become available.
In addition to clinical topic and professional issue pages, the portal provides links to ASHA evidence maps, templates and tools, and consumer handouts.
Members at the 2012 ASHA Convention who previewed the site rated it 8.9 on a 10-point scale. They called it “dynamic,” “comprehensive,” “relevant” and “easy to use.”
The Practice Portal launched with a limited number of clinical and professional issues topics, with more topics to be added shortly. The portal is still in a trial period, and members are encouraged to provide feedback so that the site can continue to develop in response to members’ needs.
ASHA is also looking for volunteer subject matter experts, reviewers and beta testers for new topics. Interested members can contact PortalInfo@asha.org.
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