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Evidence-based Rehabilitiation

A Definition

Sackett et al. (1996)1 define evidence-based practice as “conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients. The practice of evidence-based medicine means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research”.

Evidence-based rehabilitation focuses on using research evidence, in partnership with clinical knowledge, and information from the client and their family to make decisions about rehabilitation service provision. This combination of information enables us to work together with families to make the best use of knowledge. Evidence based practice is neither impossible nor easy to implement. Using evidence in practice involves creating a culture in which rehabilitation interventions are questioned and investigated and practitioners work together to assess research information. In such a culture, research information, clinical experience and client and families knowledge and desires are woven together to ensure that each person receives the most effective and appropriate rehabilitation services.

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1. Sackett, DL., Rosenberg, WM., Gray, JA., Haynes, RB, Richardson WS. (1996). Evidence Based Medicine: What it is and what it isn’t. British Medical Journal, 312(7023):71_2.

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