Estado actual de la investigación y principales barreras para la práctica basada en evidencia en fisioterapeutas colombianos

Translated title of the contribution: Current status of research and barriers to evidence-based practice in Colombian physiotherapists

R. Ramírez-Vélez, M. A. Domínguez, M. Morales-Osorio, J. F. Meneses-Echavez, K. González-Ruiz, J. Martínez-Torres, R. A. Agredo-Zuñiga

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Introduction: Scientific evidence based practice (SEBP) is defined as a process whose objective is the selection of the best scientific arguments to solve the problems occurring in the clinical practice. This study has aimed to evaluate the current status of the investigation and the principal barriers existing for the Columbian physiotherapists to incorporate SEBP. Material and methods: A cross-sectional, multicenter and descriptive study was performed in 221 Colombian physiotherapists with no previous training in SEBP. An 18-item survey divided into 3 differentiated sections was applied. These sections were: 1) degree information, 2) application of SEBP and 3) areas and lines of professional and investigational work. In addition, sociodemographic information data were collected. Results: Average age was 26.6. ±. 6.1 years; 76% of those surveyed had a professional degree and only 3.2% a master's degree. A total of 43.4% of those surveyed looked for information in primary and secondary sources while 28.5% stated they never did so. Searcy was performed in Altavista, Google, Hotbot, Lycos by 55.7% and only 13% used Tesauros. 48.9% stated they had carried out descriptive type studies, 10.4% experimental and 3.2% case-controls. Of those surveyed, 10.9% developed projected in critical care, 7.2% in articular disease and 4.5% in neurological disorder. Conclusion: This study confirms the scarce scientific activity and barriers that limit including SEPB in physiotherapy professionals in Colombia. Multiple strategies of change will be necessary to facilitate the inclusion of activities aimed at the improvement of professional expertise in this material. © 2012 Asociación Española de Fisioterapeutas.
Translated title of the contributionCurrent status of research and barriers to evidence-based practice in Colombian physiotherapists
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)146-153
Number of pages8
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2013
Externally publishedYes


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