School-based pediatric physical therapists' perspectives on evidence-based practice

Pediatr Phys Ther. 2008 Winter;20(4):292-302. doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e31818bc475.


Purpose: This study described the current knowledge, beliefs, attitudes, and practices of a group of school-based pediatric physical therapists regarding evidence-based practice (EBP).

Methods: Five practitioners participated in this project. Each was interviewed individually and in a group and completed a quantitative survey.

Results: All of the participants had a positive attitude toward EBP and believed that it should be an important element of clinical practice. Knowledge and practice were more variable, with several individuals reporting a lack of confidence in this area and an inability to routinely implement EBP.

Conclusions: These participants were more likely to rely on colleagues, interaction with their supervisor, and professional experience to aid in decision making than research evidence. Pediatric physical therapists face numerous challenges accessing, analyzing, and applying research evidence. It is critical for the profession to identify optimal ways to support practitioners in this aspect of clinical practice.

MeSH terms

  • Communication
  • Decision Making
  • Diffusion of Innovation
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Pediatrics
  • Physical Therapy Specialty / organization & administration*
  • Qualitative Research
  • School Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Technology Transfer
  • Trust