Evidence-based practice

What is evidence based practice and how do we use it at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C)?

The term evidence based practice (EBP) means that the treatment used in day-to-day patient care is supported by the best, and most recent, research and evidence.

This means that the chiropractors and physiotherapists at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) have to stay up to date with the latest industry research literature and use it to form their clinical decision-making.

Evidence based practice also involves applying the evidence to clinical data and informed patient choice. This means that the research is analysed and shared with our patients so that they feel informed about the evaluation and decision of their treatment.

To form best practice, our chiropractors and physiotherapists record the evidence they used and the final decision made to help address the patients’ condition.

Using evidence-based practice ensures that the best patient care is being delivered. It means that outdated and inefficient information and practices have been let go to make way for new evidence and more effective treatment.

What does the process of evidence-based practice involve?

Here at Sydney Spine & Sport Centre (S3C), our chiropractors and physiotherapists implement evidence-based practice through six steps by:

1. Formulating a clinical question
2. Searching the most current research literature from the most credible institutions and researchers
3. Reading, analysing and critiquing the research literature
4. Coming to a conclusion on how we can use the research to form part of our treatment to patients in our day-to-day practice
5. Informing the patient on how we are going to apply the research to our clinical decision making
6. Sharing the knowledge within the industry when and where necessary