At Haptic Health and Chiropractic, we employ an evidence based practice. But what does that mean? And how does that affect the type of treatment you receive?
Evidence informed or evidence based practice (EBP) integrates 3 components into a clinical setting:
1 - best available research
2 - clinical experience
3 - patient values and preferences
1 - Best available research
David Sackett is considered the father of this concept. His journey towards this construct began when he was in his residency and turned toward research instead of relying on what was always done. He recommended “the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients” (Sackett et al., 1996). There is a lot of research out there, however just because a study is performed and published, does not guarantee that it results in “best” evidence. There are different levels of evidence (grades A-D) that need to be taken into account when evaluating research and applying it to clinical settings. (A blog for another day)
2 - Clinical experience
The reality is that often times evidence is limited in quality or quantity, which underscores the importance of clinical experience. EBP includes the “...integration of individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research.” (Sackett et al., 1996)
Dr. Judith McCann has been living in York Region for over 15 years. After going to Queen's University in Kingston for Kinesiology, and Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto to become a chiropractor, she decided to move back and open Haptic Health and Chiropractic in Newmarket. In February 2017, Haptic Health and Chiropractic moved 10 minutes up the road to Sharon in East Gwillimbury.