An Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice for Hand Surgeons and Therapists

Robert M Szabo, Joy C. MacDermid

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Evidence-based practice is a methodical approach to clinical practice where experience, best research evidence, and patient goals and values are integrated to make optimal decisions when making a diagnosis, selecting a diagnostic test, picking an intervention or determining prognosis. There are five steps in this process. Hand surgeons and therapists can use the evidence-based process to attain optimal management of individual patients, manage their overall practice, guide the ongoing professional development, and deal with funding and policy makers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalHand Clinics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2009


  • Evidence appraisal
  • Evidence levels
  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Hand surgery
  • Hand therapy practice
  • Outcomes evaluation
  • Practice guidelines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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