Key Features

    • Considers how both quantitative and qualitative research can be used to answer clinical questions
    • Written for readers with different levels of expertise
      • Highlighted critical points and text box summaries (basic)
      • Detailed explanations in text (intermediate)
      • Footnotes (advanced)
    • Presents detailed strategies for searching physiotherapy-relevant databases
    • Extensive consideration of clinical practice guidelines

    Table of Contents

    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


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