Professional kinesiologists need to make evidence-based decisions to ensure they are using the most appropriate and effective treatments for their patients.
"Evidence-based health care is the conscientious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients or the delivery of health services." -- Cochrane Collaboration via HLWIKI Canada
In addition to relying on your own clinical expertise, and incorporating patient values and preferences, this approach prioritizes selecting and critically appraising evidence from empirical studies.
Also known as knowledge synthesis
Evidence that is:
Synthesized from a large set of data/single studies
When selecting evidence, always work down from the highest point of the pyramid and only move to the next stage if evidence is not available at the higher stage.
Access subject databases via the Find Articles tab of this research guide
PEDro – database of randomized trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy