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Knowledge, Attitude and Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice among Physiotherapists Working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: A Cross-Sectional Survey

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School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON L8S 1C7, Canada
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Clinical Research Lab, Hand and Upper Limb Centre, St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Toronto, ON M6R 1B5, Canada
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Rehabilitation Research Chair, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud University, Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia
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Department of Building and Real Estate, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong
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Healthcare 2020, 8(3), 354; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8030354
Received: 31 July 2020 / Revised: 18 September 2020 / Accepted: 20 September 2020 / Published: 22 September 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Comprehensive Clinical Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation)
The current study aimed to investigate knowledge, attitudes, and implementation of evidence-based practice among physiotherapists working in Saudi Arabia. A sample of physiotherapists working in various outpatient settings in Saudi Arabia participated in this survey. Sixty-four therapists (30 females, 34 males) completed a 28-item survey questionnaire. Approximately half of the participants indicated that evidence-based practice was useful and important for clinical practice. About 60% of the participants reported that they have adopted the evidence-based practice on a regular basis. Participants who had a membership in a physiotherapy organization and had advanced degrees showed more positive attitudes (t = −2.31, p = 0.02 and t = −2.15, p = 0.04, respectively) and greater levels of knowledge (t = −2.32, p = 0.02 and t = −3.86, p = 0.001, respectively) regarding evidence-based practice terminology. Furthermore, place of training (trained overseas) was associated with a positive attitude towards literature findings (t = 2.26, p = 0.03). The results of this study demonstrated that participants reported that evidence-based practice had not been extensively implemented, despite positive attitudes regarding its implementation among physiotherapists practicing in Saudi Arabia. View Full-Text
Keywords: barriers; physical therapy; survey; rehabilitation; patient care; decision-making; healthcare barriers; physical therapy; survey; rehabilitation; patient care; decision-making; healthcare
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Hasani, F.; MacDermid, J.C.; Tang, A.; Kho, M.; Alghadir, A.H.; Anwer, S. Knowledge, Attitude and Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice among Physiotherapists Working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: A Cross-Sectional Survey. Healthcare 2020, 8, 354. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8030354

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Hasani F, MacDermid JC, Tang A, Kho M, Alghadir AH, Anwer S. Knowledge, Attitude and Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice among Physiotherapists Working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: A Cross-Sectional Survey. Healthcare. 2020; 8(3):354. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8030354

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Hasani, Fatmah, Joy C. MacDermid, Ada Tang, Michelle Kho, Ahmad H. Alghadir, and Shahnawaz Anwer. 2020. "Knowledge, Attitude and Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice among Physiotherapists Working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: A Cross-Sectional Survey" Healthcare 8, no. 3: 354. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8030354

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