Title: Evidence-Based Rehabilitation: A Guide to Practice, Second Edition
Author: Mary Law and Joy McDermid (2008)
Publisher: Slack Incorporated; Number of pages: 430
Reviewed by: Mark Muller, MS, CPO, FAAOP
Evidence-Based Rehabilitation is a text worth purchasing for any clinician who would like to incorporate evidence-based medicine (EBM) into his or her practice. It is also valuable for educators and practitioners interested in disseminating information to students, colleagues, payer sources, and end users of prosthetic and orthotic devices.
Evidence Based Rehabilitation takes some of the fear and pressure of EBM out of everyday application-it's easy to comprehend but is not oversimplified. Its intended readers are practitioners with limited backgrounds in research who would like to use evidence to justify their daily work without a great deal of disruption to regular routine. The book focuses on showing clinicians how to locate, review, and apply evidence to justify clinical pathways for cost analysis. It discusses how to combine evidence with clinical judgment to keep patients' needs central when developing and justifying treatment plans.
The authors hail from McMaster University School of Rehabilitation Science in Ontario, Canada. Although the Canadian healthcare payment system differs from that of the United States, the text still applies to the American market.
Each chapter offers clear examples of the topics it covers. There are web link resources, practical examples, and numerous cited resources and references. The publisher has also included an "Instructor's Manual" that breaks down each chapter's learning outcomes and gives additional examples that can be used with students, peers, and payer sources.
In summary: Overall, the text is well worth its price. It is easy to read and contains solid information backed with practical examples and references. It will help to reduce many of the misconceptions surrounding EBM and allow the practitioner to gain a new understanding of how to use evidence along with his or her clinical expertise to make more-informed care decisions for patients. Clinicians can use the knowledge gleaned from the book to show clients and payer sources that the care they provide and the devices they create will be cost effective and will yield positive results.
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