PTA 213: Evidence Based Practice

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Evidence based practice is the "integration of the best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values."

(Sackett, Strauss, Richardson, et al., as cited in Maher, Sherrington, Elkins, Herbert, & Mosely, 2004, Challenges for evidence-based physical therapy: Accessing and interpreting high-quality evidence on therapy, p. 645)

Evidence Based Practice Pyramid  Evidence increases in quality as you go up the pyramid.

Systematic Reviews and Clinical Practice Guidelines

 

PEDro: Physiotherapy Evidence Database

Clinical practice guidelines, randomized controlled trials, and systematic reviews relating to physiotherapy.

PubMed

Limit your search to the subset "Systematic Reviews"

Medline

Check the box for "EBM Reviews"  under the search options

CINAHL: Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature

Limit your search to Publication Type "Systematic Review"

TRIP Database: Turning Research Into Practice

Searches multiple databases/websites for evidence-based research.

 

Further Reading

Maher, C. G., Sherrington, C., Elkins, M., Herbert, R. D., & Mosley, A. M. (2004). Challenges for evidence-based physical therapy: Accessing and interpreting high-quality evidence on therapy. Physical Therapy, 84(7), 644-654.

K. Pitcher, L-109, pitcherkl@sunybroome.edu

Revised March 5, 2015; June 21, 2018

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