Hello physio-physical therapy community! This month’s blog is a quick introduction to who we are and why we found it important to create an online space for clinicians to discuss research.
The Journal Junction was created by two practicing physical therapists who wanted a way to discussed, share, and review research with other clinicians. Realizing the struggles of finding time to get a group of PT’s together to participate in a journal club, they developed the Journal Junction to ease the burden and allow therapists to participate at times convenient for them. Our mission is to extend the reach, impact, and exchange of scholarly ideas through innovative technology, exceptional service, and community engagement.
Here is a little background on our founders:
Dr. Clancy Brown graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science. From there, he went on to earn his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in 2011
Dr. Joe Schroeder graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2002 with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology. He continued his education through St. Catherine University and received a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2005
“The physical therapy profession recognizes the use of evidence-based practice (EBP) as central to providing high-quality care and decreasing unwarranted variation in practice…… Although evidence-based practice encompasses more than just applying the best available evidence, many of the concerns and barriers to using EBP revolve around finding and applying research.” (2) APTA webpage on EBP
We recognize that the healthcare community is changing rapidly. Practitioners are being pressured to achieve improved outcomes in less time in order to save precious health care dollars and limited resources. We believe the therapy community needs to be engaged in conversations about how our profession is advancing and changing. By immersing therapists in active discussions about relevant research the therapy community will be better able to make evaluation and treatment decisions.
As of 2015, all accredited and developing physical therapist programs are DPT programs. With this change came an overwhelming shift in the continuing education that therapists seek and how to integrate Evidence Based Practice (EBP) in all they do. The call for an evidence-based approach promotes the need for redesigning care that is effective, safe, and efficient.
Carole B. Lewis, PT, DPT, PhD, GCS, GTC, MSG, FAPTA said it well in her McMillan Lecture in the 2016 APTA NEXT conference. Addressing her second theme of lifelong learning. Lewis said, “Wayne Gretzky got it right when he said, ‘I don’t skate to where the puck is, but to where the puck is going to be.’ We cannot be OK with where we are now. We need to think ahead, plan ahead, and take steps now to practice at the top of our license.” She went on to say that the clinician—not the researcher—must be at the center of the profession. She said, “The core of our profession and our professional organization is clinical practice, yet I think that sometimes, in the midst of addressing the needs of researchers, administrators, and educators, it’s too easy to lose touch with the day-to-day reality of the clinician … Research without widespread clinical application is pointless, and diffusion of innovations will not happen without such partnerships. All too often, researchers view clinicians with condescension. Clinicians feel as though researchers preach to them and are out of touch with life in the trenches.” https://youtu.be/9hUpkrbR5EA
We believe that clinicians that participate in an active journal club are better suited with the tools and knowledge to help their patients. Research suggests a journal club is an effective method for improving the EBP knowledge and skills of allied health practitioners. Our goal is simply to provide a vehicle for therapists from all over the world to review, discuss, and implement evidence based practice in their professional agenda.
Here are additional research studies related to journal club and evidence based decision making
In future blog posts we will spotlight several common disease processes and present the latest research to assist in educating, refreshing and promoting evidence based practice.
Thank you for your participation in this online forum and helping to advance the profession.