Need help with research in your practice?

by Dr. Phil on November 5, 2012

Evidence-based practice was defined by Sackett in 1996 as “integrating the best research evidence with clinical expertise, patient values and circumstances to make clinical decisions.”

The Sports Physical Therapy Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) recently published a special issue in the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy that reviews important topics in bringing evidence to your practice. The international authors provide information for practicing clinicians who want to perform research or learn how to integrate research into practice. The IJSPT is a PubMed-indexed journal with open access.

I was honored to contribute the paper, “Research Designs in Sports Physical Therapy.” My paper includes a discussion on the different research designs including experimental and non-experimental designs. It helps clinicians recognize the appropriate design to answer a specific question.

Other papers in interest in the October 2012 issue include:

If you don’t have time, you don’t have to read all these articles now. Keep the series as a reference for later when you are thinking about performing a study or publishing a paper.  This series of articles is an outstanding and FREE resource!

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