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PTH 7283 - Physical Therapist Management of Cardiopulmonary Disorders

What is Evidence-Based Practice or EBP?

Image of the EBP pyramid from Dartmouth University.

Glover, Jan; Izzo, David; Odato, Karen & Lei Wang. EBM Pyramid.  Dartmouth University/Yale University. 2006.

Evidence-Based Practice in Physical Therapy includes the integration of best available evidence, clinical expertise, and patient values and circumstances related to patient and client management, practice management, and health policy decision-making (

There are three elements in the Evidence-Based Practice process, and all three are equally important: 

1. Best Available Evidence

2. Clinician's Knowledge and Skills

3. Patient's Wants and Needs