As one of the first texts of its kind, Evidence-Based Practice in Athletic Training contains essential information on the fundamentals of evidence-based practice (EBP) for students who are working toward certification in athletic training and athletic trainers who wish to stay up to date on best practices in the field. With EBP, all clinical decisions are based on available research studies, and these studies are selected and assessed according to specific criteria that yield evidence of benefit. EBP is a continuing education requirement for athletic trainers who are certified with the Board of Certification (BOC).
Grounded in solid science, Evidence-Based Practice in Athletic Training explains the basics of EBP and the research design methods that are so vital to its implementation. Starting in part I, the text introduces the various levels of evidence, well-built question development using the PICO technique (patient problem or population, intervention, comparison, and outcomes), the five steps of searching for evidence, and search techniques. Part II guides readers through researching specific questions and evaluating research studies, including how to incorporate the evidence they find into their clinical practice. Part III reviews the various research types, their uses and benefits, and research ethics as a critical part of the process of EBP. Through these step-by-step chapters, readers will be able to formulate clinical questions, perform research on current studies, analyze the available data, and apply the principles in their practice in order to provide the best and most accurate care possible.
In addition to in-depth information on the principles and application of EBP, Evidence-Based Practice in Athletic Training presents clinically based scenarios that allow students to apply their recently acquired knowledge to real-life situations, thus encouraging a deeper understanding of the topics presented throughout the text. These scenarios allow those who are learning EBP concepts for the first time to understand how EBP is incorporated clinically.
The most efficient, systematic, and thorough resource of its kind, Evidence-Based Practice in Athletic Training encourages students and current certified athletic trainers to ask meaningful questions, gain the knowledge they need for excelling in future practice, and rise to the top of their profession. For students who want a thorough skill base in EBP and for credentialed health care professionals who seek further knowledge in the area, Evidence-Based Practice in Athletic Training will help all current and future athletic trainers provide the best care for their athletes and clients.
Key text for athletic training students; professional reference for certified athletic trainers and anyone working in healthcare fields requiring an understanding of the fundamentals of evidence-based practice.
Part I. Introduction
Chapter 1. Evidence-Based Practice Models
Definition of Evidence-Based Practice
Five Steps of Evidence-Based Practice
Levels of Evidence
Purpose of Evidence-Based Practice in Clinical Athletic Training
Chapter 2. Steps in Evidence-Based Practice Research
Step 1: Create a Clinically Relevant and Searchable Question Concerning Your Athlete
Step 2: Conduct a Database Search to Find the Best Evidence
Step 3: Critically Appraise the Articles or Evidence for Quality
Step 4: Critically Synthesize the Evidence to Choose and Implement a Treatment
Step 5: Assess the Outcomes by Monitoring the Athlete
Search Troubleshooting Tips
Chapter 3. Research Evaluation
Prevalence Independent Test
Calculating Sensitivity and Specificity
Part II. Critical Appraisal of Evidence-Based Practice
Chapter 4. Diagnostic Research
Chapter 5. Prognostic Research
Chapter 6. Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses
Review of the Evidence Pyramid
Definitions of and Differences Among Filtered Reviews
Strengths and Processes of Critically Appraised Topics
Strengths and Processes of Systematic Reviews
Strengths and Processes of Meta-Analyses
How to Find Critically Appraised Topics, Systematic Reviews, and Meta-Analyses
Practice EBP Searches
Chapter 7. EBP in Daily Clinical Practice
Your Practice Based on Evidence
Your Practice Based on Your Clinical Experience
Your Practice Based on Athlete Preferences and Values
Clinical Practice Guidelines
Chapter 8. Review Outcome Measures
Types of Outcome Measures
Psychometric Properties of Outcome Measures
Assessing Your Self-Practice
Adjusting Your Practice
Part III. Research Statistics and Design
Chapter 9. Quantitative Research
Types of Quantitative Data
Types of Quantitative Research Designs
Common Inferential Statistics
Chapter 10. Qualitative Studies
Types of Qualitative Research Studies
Critical Appraisal of Qualitative Research Studies
Qualitative Research and Athletic Training
Chapter 11. Research Ethics
Trustworthiness and Conflicts
"This is a much-needed book in the field of athletic training, as it helps both current and future athletic trainers focus on the importance of evidence-based practice and research. Furthermore, the emphasis on research helps support the validity and reliability of our practice guidelines and profession as a whole."
--Doody’s Book Review (5 Star Review)
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Instructor guide. Includes a sample syllabus, chapter summaries, and suggestions on incorporating these elements in class as well as suggestions for classroom and lab activities, assignments, and class projects that will engage students in critical thinking. An annotated list of suggested readings is included for instructors.
Presentation package plus image bank. Includes a robust collection of PowerPoint slides that present key concepts from every chapter. These slides can be modified, rearranged, and manipulated to fit the syllabus of each class and can also be used as handouts for classroom activities. The image bank includes all of the tables and figures from the book, which can be used in the PowerPoint slides for classroom lectures and activities. The images are organized by chapter for easy navigation.