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Developing Evidence-Based Practice Guidelines for Speech-Language Pathologists Serving Individuals with Alzheimer’s Dementia

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Journal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology

Kathryn A. Bayles, Esther S. Kim, Tamiko Azuma, Sandra Bond Chapman, Stuart Cleary, Tammy Hopper, Nidhi Mahendra, Patrick McKnight, Audette Rackley, Cheryl Tomoeda and Jennifer Zientz

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Overview

The Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences has established a writing committee dedicated to developing evidence-based practice guidelines for speech-language pathologists (SLP) serving individuals with dementia. The writing committee decided to limit the focus of the practice guidelines to Alzheimer's disease and formulated five clinical questions to be addressed through searching and evaluating the published literature on the assessment and treatment of individuals with AD. The focus of this article is to provide the background on the project, delineate the growing role of the SLP with this population, and summarize the methodology the committee used to evaluate the literature.

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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT
Sandi Chapman with blue jacket and green/blue lights, horizontal. Founder and Chief Director, Center for BrainHealth, Co-Leader, The BrainHealth Project Dee Wyly Distinguished Professor

Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD

Chief Director Dee Wyly Distinguished Professor, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences Co-Leader, The BrainHealth Project

Audette Rackley is wearing a tan blouse with blue lights, vertical. Assistant Director of Strength-Based Programs

Audette Rackley, MS, CCC-SLP

Assistant Director, Strengths-Based Programs Research Clinician