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
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 physiotherapy
What are clinical guidelines?
History of clinical guidelines and why they are important
Where can I find clinical guidelines?
How do I know if I can trust the recommendations in a clinical guideline?
Chapter 8 When and how should new therapies be introduced into clinical practice?
The life cycle of a medical innovation
A case study
Proposal for a protocol for introduction of new therapies
Anticipation of some objections
Chapter 9 Making it happen
What do we mean by ‘making it happen?
Changing is hard
Evidence-based physiotherapy in the context of continuous quality improvement
Chapter 10 Am I on the right track?
Assessing patient outcomes: clinical measurement
Assessing the process of care: audit