Background: Evidence based Practice has been well-defined as “the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of the individual patients” by sackett et al. The Physiotherapy profession has been experiencing a period of change as a result of pressure from different health care provider groups in recent times. In order to meet these challenges. Physiotherapists (PTs) have been encouraged to prove the effectiveness of their interventions through scientific evidence referred to as evidence-based Practice Aim: To study the knowledge, attitude and practice of evidence-based practice in clinical physiotherapists practicing in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. Methodology: One hundred clinical physiotherapist practicing in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai were included using convenience sampling. Participants were given the Evidence-Based Practice questionnaire (EBPQ) to complete via social media. The Evidence-Based Practice questionnaire takes 10-12 minutes to complete and consists of a total of 24 items, each using a 7-point Likert scale. The questionnaire includes 3 domains. Descriptive Analysis was done in Microsoft excel. Result: According to the survey, 37% had rated themselves neutral over their research skills and 34% of them reported that they had bad IT skills. A neutral response was given towards ability to analyze critically evidence against set standards (34%). Almost 54% believe that evidence-based practice is fundamental to professional practice and is not a waste of time. 46% disagree to new evidence being so important they will make time in work schedule because their workload is too great for them to keep up to date with all the new evidence. 50% of the respondents have rarely formulated a clearly answerable question as the beginning of the process towards filling this gap and 55% have rarely critically appraised, against set criteria, any literature that they have discovered. Conclusion: There is poor to fair knowledge of Evidence Based Practice in clinical physiotherapist practicing in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. They have a positive attitude to Practice EBP but, they are unable to practice EBP in day-to-day life. They feel it is due to lack of time.
Ravisha gala, Trupti deshmukh, Shweta Satish Devare Phadke, Pranati Tilak. A survey on “Knowledge, attitude and practice of evidence based practice in clinical physiotherapists practicing in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, India”. International Journal of Yoga, Physiotherapy and Physical Education, Volume 7, Issue 4, 2022, Pages 21-27