This web site is an initiative advanced by the following professors and researchers: Dr. Lucie Brosseau, Ms. Lynn Casimiro, Dr. Claire-Jehanne Dubouloz, Dr. Mary Egan, Dr. Andrée Durieux Smith, Dr. Alice Eriks-Brophy, Dr. Ian Graham and Ms. Karen Luker.

Many collaborators have contributed to this web site, as well as to the research and evaluation of the EBCPGs.

This initiative is funded by the Centre for University Teaching of University of Ottawa and by le Centre national de formation en santé.

 

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Welcome to the School of Rehabilitation Sciences’ Evidence-based Practice Web Site.

Evidence-based Practice (EBP) establishes a professional practice that is based on theoretical knowledge and consists of using both the best scientific evidence available for clinical decision making and standardized tools used in measuring the services provided (CPA 1995).

An Evidence-based Clinical Practice Guideline (EBCPG) is systematically developed with the goal of guiding clinicians’ decisions concerning the appropriate health care to be provided in specific circumstances. In general, EBCPGs are defined as the best EBP that results in the most effective intervention. The guidelines expose both the benefits and risks associated with the recommended approach.

This web site contains a database of web-based EBCPGs from recent scientific publications. This database is a teaching and reference tool that will allow students and rehabilitation specialists (occupational therapists, physiotherapists, audiologists, physiatrists, speech and language pathologists, etc.) alike to make informed decisions in choosing an effective intervention for their client.

The quality of all the EBCPGs available in the database has been evaluated through the validated assessment tool, AGREE: “Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation” (www.agreecollaboration.org). These recommendations were systematically selected through a rigorous methodology.

This project is the first phase of a larger project. Currently, the database contains only the EBCPGs available online. The addition of EBCPGs published in scientific journals, as well as by professional associations and other recognized organizations, is also planned. This web site will therefore be updated periodically.

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