Main Organiser

Julius Centre University of Malaya

Co-organiser

Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malay

Supported by

University of Malaya

THE PEAK EBP PROGRAM FOR PHYSICAL THERAPISTS: A MIXED METHODS ANALYSIS

Author

Julie K Tilson 1 , Sharon Mickan 2 , Jonathan Sum 1 , Maria Zibell 1 , Robbin Howard 1 , Jackie Dylla 1

Institution

1 Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, University of Southern California, USA
2 Department of Primary Health Care, University of Oxford, UK

Abstract

Objectives: The Physical Therapist-driven Education for Actionable Knowledge Translation (PEAK) program is a technology-enhanced, learner- centered intervention designed to promote evidence-based practice among physical therapists. This study reports the feasibility and impact of the PEAK program among physical therapists at three University of Southern California clinical facilities.

Methods: A purposive sample of 20 therapists participated in the 6-month PEAK program. A mix of quantitative and qualitative methods was used to assess therapists’ reactions to the program and to analyze the program’s impact on their EBP attitudes, self-efficacy, knowledge, skills, and behaviors.

Results: Therapists experienced statistically significant improvements in EBP self-efficacy, knowledge and skills, and self-reported behaviors. Attitudes about EBP started positive and did not change. Therapists described substantial gains in how they approach searching for, appraising, and applying research evidence in day-to-day practice. They also expressed a strong desire to gain additional skills for understanding statistical concepts.

Conclusion: This study demonstrates that the PEAK program can have a broad impact on physical therapists’ self-confidence and ability to engage in EBP. Additional learning opportunities around common statistical concepts will enhance the program. We expect that the PEAK program can be replicated for practitioners in other healthcare disciplines.