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Targeted at therapists - first of its kind * Practical guide for all therapists whatever their role in healthcare. Provides a clear, step by step approach to the practicalities of achieving evidence-based healthcare. This book emphasises the important role of consumers in evidence-based healthcare, and promotes a culture of partnership between patient and therapist, not addressed in other books * Well referenced and supplemented with useful contact details *Contemporary text on evidence based practice for physiotherapists *Describes how therapists can turn research findings into best practice *Comprehensive yet practical
This book has been written to provide therapists with an easy-to-read, practical guide to understanding what evidence-based healthcare means and how it can be applied in therapy settings. Through individual practitioner - patient interventions, and in agreeing and assuring the quality and effectiveness of service contracts, this approach will derive benefits for patients and value for money services.
The book begins by presenting an overview of evidence-based healthcare and clinical effectiveness, what the terms mean and what their implications are for practitioners, consumers, managers and purchasers of healthcare. The book goes on to provide detailed information to allow readers to develop specific skills which are necessary to achieve evidence-based healthcare. Technical skills include finding and critically appraising research evidence. The reader is also provided with an insight into the role of clinical guidelines in synthesising the best available evidence of effectiveness, leading to clear recommendations for practice which can be adapted locally. The process of clinical audit is described, as both a tool with which to implement the findings of research, and to evaluate practice.
In summary, this book successfully integrates knowledge and skills relating to the key elements of evidence-based healthcare, with a practical and behavioural approach to achieving real changes in practice and improvements for patients.
Contents: Evidence-Based Practice; The clinical effectiveness agendas; Research into practice - what works?; Change management; Finding the evidence; Critical appraisal of the research evidence; Developing, disseminating and implementing clinical guidelines; The evaluation of clinical guidelines; Involving consumers; Key points - putting it all together; Looking to the future
Readership: Primary: Practitioner physios, occupational and speech therapists Secondary: Students in the above and related allied health professions