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Research forum sees meeting of minds

27 November 2008 - 11:30am

Around 50 senior researchers, clinicians and educators attend CSP research forum

The senior researchers’ forum at the CSP in London on 28 October was titled ‘Evidence for practice, the meeting of minds’. Around 50 senior researchers, clinicians and educators attended.

The key issues were 

  • Physiotherapy practice must be underpinned by evidence
  • Evidence can be generated by standard data collection in clinical practice
  • Meaningful research questions can emerge from standard data .

Gary Robjent, CSP head of public affairs and policy development, emphasised the political importance of data collection, particularly in England where contracting is part of the commissioning process, and is competitive.

Professor Ann Moore, CSP research lead, emphasised that

  • It is important to capture clinical data on patient outcomes to support the development and maintenance of services
  • Baseline data collected by clinicians has many uses eg making comparisons between services and identifying training needs.

Fraser Ferguson, of NHS Quality Improvement Scotland, spoke about standard data as a critical first step in a project to improve management of low back pain nationwide. Data indicated variations in practice within health boards and these were addressed with a national package of care.

Andrea Peace, CSP head of professional policy and information, explained that the government is looking to professional bodies to contribute clinical data, such as patient outcome measures, as part of the Connecting for Health project: http://www.connectingforhealth.nhs.uk/

Virginia Wykes, CSP professional adviser (education), encouraged physiotherapists with a research interest to contribute to the Society’s Charting the Future project.

Further details of the event

  • A Frontline feature in December
  • All the presentations, including those outlined here, are posted on the interactive CSP research network.

Discussion of these issues and sharing of data sets is encouraged via iCSP.

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