EXPERT SPEAKS: Physiotherapy in Intensive Care: A Summary Of Research Evidence - KATHY STILLER

Introduction : In 2000 I wrote a paper entitled ‘Physiotherapy in Intensive Care: Towards an Evidence-Based Practice’ which reviewed research evidence regarding the effectiveness of physiotherapy for patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), thus providing a frame-work for evidence-based practice (EBP).1 EBP has risen in popularity as the need and demand for healthcare outstrip resources. Physiotherapists need to be aware of research evidence that supports their decision-making and, when sufficient research evidence exists, should incorporate this research evidence into their clinical practice as appropriate. However, it is important to note that EBP is not just research evidence in isolation – it relies on clinical expertise to integrate research evidence, each patient’s preferences regarding their management, and the patient’s clinical state and circumstances.2

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