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Evidence Based Practice & Critical Thinking: Home
“Evidence-based practice in psychology is the integration of the best available research with clinical expertise in the context of patient characteristics, and culture.
This course introduces the concept of evidence-based practice in physical therapy including the formulation of answerable clinical questions, methods of obtaining peer-reviewed evidence to those clinical questions, and how to critically appraise evidence once located. This course is a lecture and seminar course that will focus on developing the skills need for evaluating, critiquing, and consuming the literature germane to physical therapy practice. Current journal articles, texts, and online resources will be used in the course to develop critical reading and writing skills.
The most common definition of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) is from Dr. David Sackett. EBP is “the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of the individual patient. It means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research.” (Sackett D, 1996)
EBP is the integration of clinical expertise, patient values, and the best research evidence into the decision making process for patient care. Clinical expertise refers to the clinician’s cumulated experience, education and clinical skills. The patient brings to the encounter his or her own personal preferences and unique concerns, expectations, and values. The best research evidence is usually found in clinically relevant research that has been conducted using sound methodology. (Sackett D, 2002)