I just wanted to take minute to share a new book. While I have not read the entirety of the book yet, the book warrants a recommendation. The book is Evidence-Guided Practice: A Framework for Clinical Decision Making in Athletic Training by Bonnie Van Lunen, Dorice Hankemeier, and Cailee Welch. The book was advertised in an NATA email not long ago, and I purchased the book.
This Saturday I will be presenting an EBP presentation to the Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association. The focus of my presentation is creating evidence in your own practice through the implementation of EBP. I received the book in the mail as I was making my final tweaks to the presentation. I was sold on the book after a very quick skim through the pages. In fact, chapters 15-18 directly reflected much of the information I was already including in my presentation. So, I was able to use some of their graphs and ideas to more succinctly convey my thoughts.
Since then, I have read chapters 1-3, and 15-18. The beauty of the book is that it presents essential EBP and PBE ideas in a very conversational and easy to understand manner. The authors present the information in a way that foments a desire to improve your clinical patient care, and then the authors outline ways to achieve this change. In total, the authors broadly outline a development of knowledge and clinical practice transition with which many in the DAT can relate.
I also enjoyed that the authors continually utilized patient-rated outcomes that we routinely use in the DAT. The authors present the Disablement in the Physically Active (DPA) Scale, the Global Rating of Change (GRC), the Numeric Pain Rating Scale (NPRS), and the Patient-Specific Functional Scale (PSFS). The authors noted several important characteristics of these measures as related to the patient-athlete populations athletic trainers typically treat (i.e. DPA developed specifically for physically active populations).
I will continue to develop my opinion of the book as I read more. So far, I definitely recommend it as an entry text to evidence-guided practice and as a more advanced guide-book for those interested in disseminating their clinical findings. I have already discussed using the book in our Athletic Training Program at the college with our faculty. I also think that I’m going to gift a copy of the book (relatively cheap $56, who am I kidding I’ll just get desk copies from SLACK) to my clinical colleagues at the college.
I hope this review was informational. Below is a copy of the table of contents and the citation. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments below.
Table of Contents
- Chapter 1: Construction of Clinical Questions
- Chapter 2: Types of Research Design
- Chapter 3: Searching the Literature for Evidence
- Chapter 4: Foundations of Research and Statistics
- Chapter 5: Introduction to Critical Appraisal
- Chapter 6: Selection and Assignment of Participants
- Chapter 7: Concepts of Validity
- Chapter 8: Measures of Reliability
- Chapter 9: Diagnostic Accuracy
- Chapter 10: Levels of Evidence and Grades of Recommendation
- Chapter 11: Scales and Checklists for Critical Appraisal
- Chapter 12: Application of Critical Appraisal
- Chapter 13: Clinical Prediction Rules
- Chapter 14: Epidemiological Measures
- Chapter 15: Disablement Models
- Chapter 16: Patient-Oriented Outcomes Assessment
- Chapter 17: Considerations for Selecting Patient-Rated Outcomes Measures
- Chapter 18: Health Care Informatics
Van Lunen, Bonnie, Hankemeier, Dorice A., & Welch, Cailee E. (2015). Evidence-guided practice : a framework for clinical decision making in athletic training. Thorofare, NJ: SLACK Incorporated.