Practical Evidence-Based Physiotherapy

Author: Herbert, Robert


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  • ISBN: 9780750688208
  • Author: Herbert, Robert
  • Publ Date: 2005-05-17
  • Edition:
  • Pages: 246
  • Imprint: BUTTERWORTHS *
  • Status: O/P
  • ID - 68778

Table of Contents :

Chapter 1. Evidence-Based Physiotherapy: What, Why and How? What is evidence-based physiotherapy? Why is evidence-based physiotherapy important? History of evidence-based health care How will this book help you to adopt evidence-based physiotherapy? Chapter 2. What Do I Need To Know? Relevant clinical questions Refining your questions Chapter 3. What Constitutes Evidence? What constitutes evidence about effects of interventions? What constitutes evidence about experiences and processes? What constitutes evidence about prognosis? What constitutes evidence about the accuracy of diagnostic and screening tests? Chapter 4. Finding The Evidence Search strategies Finding evidence of effects of interventions Finding evidence of prognosis and diagnostic tests Finding evidence of effects of experiences and attitudes Finding evidence of advances in clinical practice (browsing) Chapter 5. Can I Trust This Evidence? A process for assessing validity of evidence Assessing validity of evidence about effects of intervention Assessing validity of evidence about attitudes and experiences Critical appraisal of evidence about prognosis Critical appraisal of evidence about diagnostic tests Chapter 6. What Does This Evidence Mean For My Practice? What does this randomized trial mean for my practice? What does this systematic review of effects of intervention mean for my practice? Is the evidence relevant to me and my patients? What does the evidence say? What does this study of attitudes and experiences mean for my practice? What does this study of prognosis mean for my practice? What does this study of the accuracy of a diagnostic test mean for my practice? Chapter 7. Clinical Guidelines As A Resource For Evidence-Based Physiotherapy What Are Clinical Guidelines? History Of Clinical Guidelines And Why They Are Important Where Can I Find Clinical Guidelines? How do I know if I can trust the recommendations in a clinical guideline? Legal implications of clinical guidelines Reflections on the future of guideline development Chapter 8. Making It Happen What do we mean by 'making it happen'? Changing is hard Evidence-based implementation Evidence-based practice in the context of quality improvement Chapter 9. Am I On The Right Track? Assessing Patient Outcomes - Clinical Measurement Assessing process - audit Concluding comments


Evidence-based practice has become a central part of modern physiotherapy, but the questions of what evidence-based practice means in the day-to-day clinical setting and what constitutes evidence are too often left open to interpretation. The authors of Practical Evidence-Based Physiotherapy interrogate the terminology and concepts of evidence-based practice drawing on their extensive experience and their international perspectives. They discuss government and professional requirements for evidence-based medicine and clinical reasoning, and offer their readers a guide to finding evidence, its critical appraisal and evaluation, and its implementation in clinical practice. Features: Written specifically for physiotherapists Step-by-step guide to practice of evidence-based physiotherapy Written at different levels depending on reader's expertise: - highlighted critical points and text box summaries for readers new to these concepts - detailed explanations in text for intermediate readers - footnotes for advanced readers Detailed presentation of strategies for searching for evidence, including using the www, search engines and physiotherapy specific databases Extensive consideration of clinical practice guidelines For those wanting to understand both the concepts and how to implement them, this book will be an invaluable and practical guide.


'For clinicians who are currently swamped in the looming tide of research and evidence, it offers a life raft of clarity', Donovan K, Physical Therapy Reviews 10, 192. "This book offers more than most standard texts.I highly recommend this book.? Gillian Robb. EBM February 2008 Vol 12 No 1


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