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J Hand Ther. 2012 Jul-Sep;25(3):288-95; quiz 296. doi: 10.1016/j.jht.2012.02.001. Epub 2012 May 9.

Attitudes and opinions of evidence-based practice among hand therapists: a survey study.

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Hand Works Therapy, 2616 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34239, USA. hotglassgal@comcast.net

Abstract

The adoption of evidence-based practice (EBP) principles is advocated by many professional organizations. The purpose of this study was to assess the current attitudes and opinions of hand therapists toward EBP. A 35-item electronic survey was sent via e-mail to 2,997 hand therapists and 312 (10.4%) of eligible therapists responded. There was an overall strong endorsement of EBP among most respondents. Nearly all respondents believe that EBP plays a positive role in clinical practice, improves patient outcomes and clinical decision making, and that therapists should be familiar with EBP techniques to critically appraise clinical research studies. Respondents had a positive attitude toward EBP and the main barriers to EBP included: time limitations, limited journal access, and lack of evidence for treating specific diagnoses. Efforts to advance EBP in hand therapy should focus on reducing these barriers.

LEVEL OF EVIDENCE:

3b.

PMID:
22575814
DOI:
10.1016/j.jht.2012.02.001
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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