Definitions and Terms

DEFINITIONS OF ABBREVIATIONS

 

 

Word/Abbreviation

Definition/Explanation

C •  clinician.  Usually a speech-language pathologist but can include other interventionists.
NA  or na •  not applicable
P •  patient.  Also commonly called student or client.  P is used to represent any one of these labels.
SLP •  speech-language pathologist
Reader •  the individual who is critiquing an article for the Clinical Prosody blog.
Reviewer •  the author of secondary research such as a narrative review, systematic review, or a meta analysis
WNL •  within normal limits
wpm •  words per minute

 

 

 

DESCRIPTORS OF THE RANKING OF ARTICLES 

(Gradations using +/- are permitted but not described.)

DESCRIPTOR

CHARACTERISTICS

Strong Support •  The level of evidence is in the A range.•  The methods, analyses, and interpretations are well done.•  The  results are generally positive.

 

ModerateSupport •  The level of evidence is in the A range.•  The methods, analyses, and interpretations are generally well done; however, there are some problems.•  Most of the results are positive.

OR

• The level of evidence is in the B range.

•  The methods, analyses, and interpretations are generally well done with some problems..

•  Most of the results are positive.

 

Fair Support •  The level of evidence is in the A range.•  The methods, analyses, and/or interpretations have a few problems.•  At least some of the results are positive.

OR

•  The level of evidence is in the B range.

•  The methods, analyses, and interpretations are generally well done but there may be some problems.

•  At least some of the results are positive.

OR

•  The level of evidence is in the C range.

•  The methods, analyses, and interpretations are generally well done although there may be a small number of problems.

•  At least some of the results are positive.

OR

•  The level of evidence is below the C range.

•  The methods, analyses, and interpretations are generally well done.

•  At least some of the results are positive.

 

Limited Support •  The level of evidence is in the B range or above.•  There are several problems with  methods, analyses, and/or interpretations.

OR

•  The level of evidence is in the C range.

•  There are some problems with the methods, analyses, and/or interpretations.

OR

•  The level of evidence is in the D range.

•  The methods, analyses, and/or implications are generally well done but there can be a few.

 

Minimal Support •  The methods, analyses, and/or interpretations are problematic.  (The level of evidence is immaterial.)

 

 

 

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