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KH 8900: EBP for Sports Medicine: Getting

A guide for Dr. Shelley Linen's KH course.


Welcome to the Research Guide for Dr. Linen's KH 8900 course. This guide contains resources that will help you as you gather information for your assignments. Use the tabs above to navigate.

Class Presentation

What is Evidence-Based Practice?

"Evidence based medicine is the 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."*

The Path of Evidence-Based Practice**

1. Ask a focused question to satisfy the health needs of a specific patient 

  • What is your clinical question?
  • What type of clinical question is this?  Therapy?  Diagnosis?
  • What is the best study design to answer this type of clinical question?

2. Find the best evidence by searching the literature 

  • What is the highest level of literature to support the question?
  • Where should you look for this material?

3.  Critically appraise the literature: testing for validity, impact, and applicability

  •  What are the results of the study?

4. Apply the results in clinical practice

5. Evaluate the outcomes in your patient

*D. L. Sackett, W. M. Rosenberg, J. A. Gray, R. B. Haynes, and W. S. Richardson, Evidence based medicine: What it is and what it isn't. BMJ. 1996 Jan 13;312(7023):71-2.

**Adapted from the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine.


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