Evidence-Based Practice

At KIMA we place a very high priority on current research and the best scientific evidence for technique and exercise prescription. This is referred to as Evidence-Based Practice (EBP).

Evidence Based Practice Defined:
According to the Bio-Medical Library at the University of Minnesota, there are 5 basic steps to EBP.
Step 1: Formulating a well-built clinical question about the patient or client problem
Step 2: Identifying articles and other evidence-based resources that answer the question
Step 3: Critically appraising the evidence to assess its validity
Step 4: Applying the evidence
Step 5: Re-evaluating the application of evidence and areas for improvement

What qualifies as evidence?
Evidence can be categorized in 3 basic groups.
Level A: Randomized controlled trials
Level B: Case reports and case series
Level C: Expert opinion

How do your physical therapists at KIMA apply EBP to your individual care?
In a thorough subjective evaluation we learn about the problem or concern that has brought you to physical therapy. As a team, you and your physical therapist will prioritize the problems to be addressed. Then, in an objective physical examination we test and retest movement that bring on your symptoms and seek specific techniques that take your pain away. These techniques are based on current research and evidence from the above 3 basic groups.

Our physical therapists have a wealth of knowledge from regular participation in continuing education and their reading of current literature. At KIMA we host continuing education seminars for PT’s and MD’s throughout the year. Renowned researchers from around the world present their latest research and cutting edge techniques at our facility. KIMA therapists also have access to hundreds of articles and collaborate with other experts in order to gather additional information if needed. The majority of our therapists have advanced Manual Physical Therapy degrees and are skilled in critically analyzing evidence to determine what is of value to your individual case. You will always have a primary and secondary therapist who will collaborate with each other to identify the best course of action to alleviate your symptoms in the shortest time possible.