Recent changes within America’s health
care system have encouraged clinicians to take a
hard look at the quality of care they are providing. This movement is holding physical therapists accountable to provide the best care possible. Evidence based practice is the key to implementing this change to ensure quality and consistent care is provided to all patients. As a new clinician, I believe evidence is the best way to approach patient management with the knowledge published by experienced and seasoned clinicians. The following three pieces highlight my ability to adequately assess evidence and its ultimate application to my patients. Throughout my educational journey, I was given the opportunity to practice these skills and infer appropriate relevance to the clinical setting. These artifacts highlight my ability as a student to thoroughly review evidence and take away critical meaning. However, a clinical experience solified that my knowledge is adequate regarding synthesizing and applying evidence. I demonstrated this skill during my second internship, when I was given the responsibility to implement a plan of care for a patient presenting with a rare condition (this artifact is known as "DDH inservice" and can be found under "educating others").
Evidence Based Practice and Geriatrics: exploring the evidence behind tai chi and physical therapy gains in the geriatric population.
Lateral Epicondylagia: exploring the best evidence behind diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of patients presenting with lateral epicondylagia.
Bell's Palsy Presentation: presentation exploring the evidence based management of a patient presenting with cranial nerve VII involvement.