Evidence in evidence based approach to treatment

evidence-in-evidence-based-practiceI am sure by now you guys have heard of the word evidence based approach to treatment. This has been going around the internet lately and have been propagating itself through journals especially in social media. The thing is some people actually think that the only studies applicable for evidence based treatments are those studies found in social media. You see evidence based practice is pretty helpful especially in choosing which techniques to study and how to approach cases. The problem starts when the evidences used in evidence based treatment is limited even if the study itself is sound. So for better understanding of evidence based practice I think it is imperative to define what evidence is. According to Merriam-Webster (2017) evidence is an outward sign; something that furnishes truth; something legally submitted to a tribunal to ascertain the truth of a matter and one who bears witness. Going by this definition everything proven and recorded can be evidence. As such if a person has not seen evidence that a treatment has worked or has not worked he or she must not know how to look for evidence. This has been a growing problem with the social media informed therapist crowd as such I think this matter should be addressed as you have seen on the page information I aim to help people grow as professionals. Being limited by only social media studies not only narrows your view on your own profession it also makes you seen like an a hole.

I won’t be putting up anything from any social media site so as to protect the therapist themselves but there has been a recent event in which a therapist on social media just happened to see a measurement tool seminar and mistakably thought that this is a replication of a certain movement assessment. This certain therapist then posted things on social media without knowing anything about the program. Continuing with the story the developers of the tools saw the post and contacted the problematic therapist and explained the tool to him and then according to what I heard the talk apparently went well. Just after the talked happened he then again went to social media to rant about the lack of evidence regarding the measuring tool not knowing that the tool was well studied just that the studies were not found in social media.

The thing that I would want to state is that evidence that cannot be scrutinized is not reliable evidence. As such being able to talk about what studies you have access to and being able to debate the reliability of the evidence is the basis of having an effective evidence based treatment. Just talking to yourself and among a few people who always says yes to all the things that you say does not make you a credible therapist it makes you a performer a ventriloquist, one who talks through a puppet. This is why it is important to keep attending seminars or even talks as this keeps you up to date to information not available through social media otherwise you are no better than a GOOGLE therapist.

Also as a side note not all techniques or methods works on everybody as such it might be good to try to give things a try before deciding that those techniques are not for you as we ware therapist who are definitely human beings and not machines who are able to replicate things 100% of the time. Also it is important to note that science itself is not fully reliable since not everything can be explained by science yet, at least according to the person with three doctorate degrees in one of the talks I went through which is not about therapy.

Reference

Definition of evidence.(2017). Definition of evidence. Retrieved form https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evidence.

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