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EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review

National Institutes of Health
Stuttering Treatment Research 1970-2005: II. Systematic Review Incorporating Trial Quality Assessment of Pharmacological Approaches

Bothe, A. K., Davidow, J. H., et al. (2006).
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 15(4), 342-352.

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review addresses a clearly focused question No
Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided Yes
Search strategy is described in sufficient detail for replication No
Included studies are assessed for study quality Yes
Quality assessments are reproducible Yes

Description: This is a systematic review of published research addressing the effectiveness of pharmacological treatment to improve stuttering.

Question(s) Addressed:

Question not specifically stated.  

Population: Participants with developmental stuttering

Intervention/Assessment: Pharmacological intervention

Number of Studies Included: 31

Years Included: 1970 - 2005



No studies, meeting the set methodological criteria, were found to be effective to reduce stuttering to less than 5%, to reduce stuttering to at least half, or to improve social, emotional, or cognitive factors (Abstract).

Keywords: Fluency Disorders

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See also:

Bothe, A.K., J.H. Davidow, et al. (2006). "Stuttering Treatment Research 1970-2005: I. Systematic Review Incorporating Trial Quality Assessment of Behavioral, Cognitive, and Related Approaches." American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. 15(4): 321-341.

Added to Compendium: March 2012

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