Research has helped us progress from interferential, ultrasound, combinations of hot packs and traction, and spray and stretch to far more productive treatment. We want to keep progressing and using the latest evidence in our assessment and treatment. How can we become Evidence informed practitioner, using the evidence to boost our clinical reasoning and treatment results?
Should all our knee or low back pain patients receive the treatment or exercise protocol that was effective in a recent RCT? Or tendinopathy - each study seems to support different styles of exercise - eccentric, isometric, heavy slow resistance exercises. Which one of these should your tendinopathy patients perform?
We often read a study that supports a treatment, such as manual therapy, and then the next article we read reports no effect with that very same treatment. How can we make sense of this?
Finding and using the evidence can feel like a minefield sometimes. Patients with systemic conditions, multiple or bilateral pain areas are often excluded from RCT’s. Our patients on the other hand present with neck, thorax, bilateral shoulder and arm pain, or with Rheumatoid Arthritis or Diabetes. How does the evidence help you with these patients?
We also know different patients respond to different treatment approaches, communication styles, exercises, or even therapists. How can we take individual patient treatment preferences into account and still use the evidence?
Now available - Clinical reasoning presentation 10: 5 steps to become an evidence informed practitioner with David Toomey
You can become an evidence informed practitioner - using the evidence to inform and tailor your treatment to each individual patient. In this presentation, David Toomey (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, PhD candidate) will help you explore how to use evidence informed practice to improve your clinical reasoning and treatment results. You’ll discover:
- 5 practical strategies to use the evidence to boost your clinical reasoning.
- What is evidence informed clinical reasoning?
- Why we want to be evidence-informed rather than evidence-based.
- The pros and cons of evidence informed medicine.
- Common difficulties we face when using the evidence.
- How to identify quality research that can help your decision making.
- Learn how to cut through the waffle of a paper to pick out the gems.
- Why ineffective treatments can seem efficacious.
- How to interpret evidence and identify clinical take home messages.
- How to apply the research to your unique patients, using the biopsychosocial model and a patient centered approach.
Aims and Objectives
- Gain a deep understanding of evidence informed practice.
- Understand the difference between evidence informed and evidence based practice.
- Understand why, how and when to use evidence informed medicine.
- Know how to use clinical questioning to clarify your search for the best evidence.
- Learn how to search, access and interpret relevant evidence.
- Understand how to apply the evidence to your reasoning in conjunction with your patients beliefs and expectations in a biopsychosocial approach.