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Assessing the state of clinically applicable research for evidence-based practice in prosthetics and orthotics

Mark D. Geil, PhD

Evidence-based practice (EBP) combines a practi-tioner's training and experience with evidence established through scientific research. EBP cannot improve patient care unless quality evidence exists and practitioners know how to use it. This article reviews research that has been successfully applied to practice in the past, sometimes producing substantial changes. In addition, obstacles remaining in the ongoing application of research to practice are identified. Practitioners have stated a desire for research and have identified a list of research needs but lack the training or resources necessary to conduct the research. A gulf also exists between the perceived research needs and the clinically applicable research that is being produced, possibly due to the broad nature of those needs.

Volume 46 Number 3, 2009
   Pages 305 — 314

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