What It Means to Be Evidence-based

By the Exercise Geeks

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When contemplating evidence-based practice – regardless of whether it’s a physical therapy or strength and conditioning setting – we always reference the principles set forth by Dr. David Sackett. The late Canadian-American medical doctor was a pioneer in the field of evidence-based medicine. He deconstructed the practice into a triad of factors:

  1. Collect and appraise the best available clinical evidence.
  2. Integrate this evidence with clinical expertise.
  3. Apply this evidence in the context of patient/client values and expectations.

To better understand the role of each factor in the decision-making process, let’s dive deeper into each one individually.

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