Invited address to the annual conference of the chartered society of physiotherapy: speaker against the motion “this house believes that, in the absence of research evidence, an intervention should not be used”

Loughlin, Michael ORCID: 0000-0002-2234-2146 (2015) Invited address to the annual conference of the chartered society of physiotherapy: speaker against the motion “this house believes that, in the absence of research evidence, an intervention should not be used”. In: Annual conference of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, 24-25 October 2015, Echo Arena, Liverpool, UK. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Annual conference of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, speaker against the motion “This house believes that, in the absence of research evidence, an intervention should not be used”:

The motion sounds inherently reasonable so why oppose it? Its rhetorical plausibility disguises a crucial lack of clarity, and lack of consensus among expert commentators, practitioners and policy-makers, about the proper understanding of "research evidence" in the context of physiotherapy. In an area where the "gold standard" of double-blind RCTs is not applicable, there is a real need to be clear on the nature of proper research evidence, before we agree to any general propositions limiting the nature of proper practice. It is rational to know what you are voting for before you vote for it, not to find out afterwards that you in fact voted for something which limits you in ways you did not anticipate. Practitioners in this area need to defend their corner and to develop and agree explicitly their own conceptions of good practice.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Subjects: Medicine and health
Philosophy
Depositing User: Michael Loughlin
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2018 17:54
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2018 10:14
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/5231

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