Practical Evidence-Based Physiotherapy with Pageburst Online Access book cover

Practical Evidence-Based Physiotherapy with Pageburst Online Access


Published: October 2011

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-7020-5450-1


  • "This textbook offers a succinct and well organised  introduction to what ia evidence-based practice, how to recognise it in the research cohort, how to search for it in the many research databases available and how to use evidence to guide clinical practice. The book is specifically aimed towards musculo-skeletal practice. This should not put off others with an interest in evidence-based practice and research as, at its core, the information can be applied across the field of all clinical practice."

    Posture and Mobility, January 2013


  • Foreword by Sir Iain Chalmers
    Preface to the first edition
    Preface to the second edition

    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 practise evidence-based physiotherapy?

    Chapter 2 What do I need to know?
    Relevant clinical questions
    Refining your question

    Chapter 3 What constitutes evidence?
    What constitutes evidence about effects of interventions?
    What constitutes evidence about experiences?
    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 experiences 
    Getting full text 
    Finding evidence of advances in clinical practice (browsing) 

    Chapter 5 Can I trust this evidence?
    A process for critical appraisal of evidence 
    Critical appraisal of evidence about the effects of intervention 
    Critical appraisal of evidence about 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? 
    What does this study of 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? 

    Chapter 8 When and how should new therapies be introduced into clinical practice?
    The life cycle of a medical innovation
    A case study 
    Proposal for a protocol for introduction of new therapies 
    Anticipation of some objections 

    Chapter 9 Making it happen
    What do we mean by ‘making it happen?
    Changing is hard
    Evidence-based implementation
    Evidence-based physiotherapy in the context of continuous quality improvement

    Chapter 10 Am I on the right track?
    Assessing patient outcomes: clinical measurement 
    Assessing the process of care: audit 
    Concluding comment 



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