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Physical Therapy: Evidence-Based Practice

What is Evidence-Based Practice?

Evidence-based practice (EBP) skills are required of occupational therapists to inform and justify clinical decision making by the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current evidence. 

Six Steps:

  • formulating a clinical question
  • searching for the best available evidence
  • critically evaluating the evidence for usefulness 
  • integrating the evidence with personal clinical expertise and the client's preferences
  • evaluate outcomes of actions
The Evidence Pyramid - Weighs different levels of evidence based on relative strengths and weaknesses of each study type.