Being familiar with scientific studies are an important part of the training of all health professionals. This involves both doing research and comprehend research. This can be very important as all health professionals have to need to be equipped to put into action research studies in their clinical work. Sometimes research conclusions will contradict the ideas of individual clinicians and so they require the knowledge to be able to overcome these disparities to give the ideal research based therapy for their patients. It is the research which tells us what therapies do give you results and which of them possibly fail to work or are no better than a placebo. On the regular chat show for podiatry practitioners, PodChatLive this is a theme which comes up on a regular basis in the framework of a number of topics that they can discuss. It's such an essential concern that the hosts of PodChatLive focused an entire episode to the topic of research methods and their benefits for clinicians to really comprehend.
In this episode on research methods the hosts spoke with the research physiotherapist Rod Whiteley. In the stream they discussed the reason it is vital for all clinicians to often read and comprehend research papers and become confident performing this. They brought up some suggestions regarding how to read a paper along the way. They highlighted the challenge of p values and the reason why 0.05 is not the miracle cut off point along with the use of confidence intervals, reliability, number needed to treat (NNT) and also the minimal clinically important difference. One important takeaway for everyone from the edition is usually to find out about effect sizes. Dr Rod Whiteley PhD is a Consultant Sports Physiotherapist who has served at the College of Sports Physiotherapy’s Board as their Chief Examiner and also has worked with quite a few professional and international sports teams and athletes in many sports, including Rugby League and Union, Football, Baseball, Squash, and Athletics.