Evidence-based medicine/practice in sports physical therapy
Manske, Robert C.
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Manske, Robert C.; Lehecka, B.J. 2012. Evidence-based medicine/practice in sports physical therapy. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, v.7 no.5 pp.461-473
A push for the use of evidence-based medicine and evidence-based practice patterns has permeated most health care disciplines. The use of evidence-based practice in sports physical therapy may improve health care quality, reduce medical errors, help balance known benefits and risks, challenge views based on beliefs rather than evidence, and help to integrate patient preferences into decision-making. In this era of health care utilization sports physical therapists are expected to integrate clinical experience with conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of research evidence in order to make clearly informed decisions in order to help maximize and optimize patient well-being. One of the more common reasons for not using evidence in clinical practice is the perceived lack of skills and knowledge when searching for or appraising research. This clinical commentary was developed to educate the readership on what constitutes evidencebased practice, and strategies used to seek evidence in the daily clinical practice of sports physical therapy.
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