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Evidence-based physiotherapy: A survey of knowledge, behaviour, attitudes and prerequisites
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9760-3785
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. Örebro County Council, Örebro, Sweden.
2010 (English)In: Advances in Physiotherapy, ISSN 1403-8196, E-ISSN 1651-1948, Vol. 12, no 4, p. 179-186Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose was to describe knowledge, attitude, behaviour, and prerequisites regarding evidence-based physiotherapy

(EBPT) and to evaluate potential differences related to employment sectors and levels of education. A cross-sectional study

was conducted using a web-based questionnaire to a random sample of 2,160 physiotherapists (PTs). Self-rated knowledge

of evidence-based medicine (EBM) was rather high (median

69; IQ1;IQ3 50 – 77), although only 12 – 36% correctly identifi

ed all EBM components. Approximately 70% reported good ability to formulate clinical questions and critically appraise

scientifi c literature. Only 28% performed database searches weekly or monthly. Eighty-six per cent reported using evidencebased

guidelines in clinical practice. Lack of time (86%), advisors (80%), knowledge (55%) and superiors ’ lack of interest

in EBM (46%) were common barriers. EBM was considered important (median

82, IQ1;IQ3 75 – 91) and believed to

improve the quality of care (median

80, IQ1;IQ3 74 – 90). Employment sector differences were most obvious for behaviour

and prerequisites with a disadvantage for municipality-employed PTs. The higher the level of education, the greater the

knowledge, the more positive the attitudes, the better the prerequisites and the fewer the barriers reported.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 12, no 4, p. 179-186
Keywords [en]
evidence-based medicine
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Physiotherapy
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Medicine
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-35053DOI: 10.3109/14038196.2010.503812OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-35053DiVA, id: diva2:717487
Available from: 2014-05-15 Created: 2014-05-15 Last updated: 2018-04-24Bibliographically approved

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