Evidence Based Practice to Enhance
Beginning in 2014, all Athletic Trainers (ATs) will be
required to complete a minimum number of BOC
Approved Evidence Based Practice (EBP) events.
Programming in this category is intended to promote
EBP within the profession by enhancing clinicians’
ability to find and evaluate evidence, as well as apply
it to their practice.
“There is some great
research, or evidence,
available in athletic health
care, but if we are not able
to evaluate and apply that
evidence, it is not helpful.”
- Kitty Newsham, PhD, ATC
Utilizing the best available evidence, clinical expertise and patients’ values and
expectations can improve patient outcomes, said BOC Standards Committee member
Kitty Newsham, PhD, ATC.
“Ultimately, EPB is clinically relevant and patient-centered care,” Newsham said.
EBP integrates evidence, expertise, and patient values to support clinical decisions in
patient care. The new CE courses will address theoretical or practical aspects of EBP.
In addition, topics relevant to EBP, such as critical appraisal or statistical analysis, also
will be explored.
Standards Committee Chair Mark Doughty, MS, ATC, said having EBP as part of the
continuing education (CE) process requires professionals to seek out new information in
two ways. First, many people need to learn how to use EBP. Second, professionals have
the opportunity to attend presentations that are based on current evidence and practice.
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