Technique has a set of core values, and “evidence is our bible and underpins all we do” is one of them. In the physio sector this approach is known as evidence based practice.
This article explores what evidence based practice is, why it is beneficial to clients, and how we implement research in our clinic on a day to day basis
What is evidence based practice?
Evidence-based practice is when healthcare is based on the best available, current, valid and relevant evidence.
Evidence is any fact, information or data provided by a research study or review.
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) stipulates that all of its members must practice evidence-based practice.
Why is it beneficial to the client?
They can be assured that:
- they are receiving clinically validated medical treatment.
- their care is optimised for experience and outcomes
- their care is as cost-effective as possible
Why is evidence based practice beneficial to the physiotherapy field generally?
- Physiotherapy practices can tangibly demonstrate their value
- It reduces variations in patient experience and outcomes
- It increase service efficiency delivery and therefore makes physiotherapy’s more cost-effective
- It enables physios to explain the rationale for their advice, decisions and actions.
- It enables an agreed foundation for the development of physiotherapy practice, service delivery and education, and physiotherapy’s development as a workforce
- It provides an agreed foundation to progress the profession’s approach to developing, using and promoting research
How do we incorporate research into our practice?
In two ways:
- In general: to keep our practice up to date on what’s happening in our field generally, and specialisms.
- For specific client: the specific needs of a client prompts a line of research enquiry
Where do we get our research?
We get our research from 3 main sources:
- Primary source: our ever-growing pool of case studies from working with our clients
- Secondary sources: published evidence from academia, commercial or other reputable sources (such as charities or government documents). This evidence ranges from journals to website resources.
- Events: events (lectures, seminars and workshops) from accredited organisations and medical professionals, courses, and networking meet ups