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Great Lakes Seminars and Evidence-Based Medicine

Great Lakes Seminars agrees with the below definition regarding evidence-based medicine:

“Evidence based medicine is the integration of best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values.”

By best research evidence we mean clinically relevant research, often from the basic sciences of medicine, but especially from patient-centered clinical research into the accuracy and precision of diagnostic tests (including the clinical examination), the power of prognostic markers, and the efficacy and safety of therapeutic, rehabilitative, and preventive regimens. New evidence from clinical research both invalidates previously accepted diagnostic tests and treatments and replaces them with new ones that are more powerful, more accurate, more efficacious and safer.

By clinical expertise we mean that ability to use our clinical skills and past experience to rapidly identify each patient’s unique health state and diagnosis, their individual risks and benefits of potential interventions, and their personal values and expectations.

By patient values we mean the unique preferences, concerns and expectations each patient brings to a clinical encounter and which must be integrated into clinical decisions if they are to serve the patient.”

Sackett DL, Straus SE, Richardson WS, Rosenberg W, Haynes RB. Evidence-Based Medicine. Churchill Livingstone, New York, 2000.

Great Lakes Seminars also recognizes the response letter written by Scott Ward, President of the American Physical Therapy Association in response to the New York Times article on evidence-based practice.

Current Progress towards Evidence-Based Physical Therapy Seminars

Great Lakes Seminars believes strongly in the pursuit of clinical research and evidence-based medicine to provide a firm foundation for the treatment practices of therapists.  It is our goal to present as much clinical evidence as possible for the techniques we advocate and teach.  While it may not be possible to present research for each and every technique, our goal is to abide by the current definitions of evidence-based medicine while offering exceptional continuing education for our registrants.

For more information or questions regarding Great Lakes Seminars’ stance on evidence-based best practices, please contact Patrick Hoban.