The new essence of EBM: how to practice what we teach?
published in November - December 2017 - in Il Fisioterapista - issue n.6
Virginia Colibazzi, Adriano Coladonato, Emilio Romanini

At more or less twenty years since the birth of evidence-based medicine (EBM), the current debate in the scientific community is about how to apply the theoretical principles of EBM in daily clinical practice. Critical issues are, on the one hand, the difficulty of interpreting scientific data, but, on the other hand, the reluctance of clinicians to modify their working habits in the light of incontrovertible proofs and/or to consider alternative factors capable of guiding the decision-making process (in particular, the expectations of the patients). In the field of rehabilitation, manual orthopedic therapy has revised its founding principles and has modified the techniques it applies so that they conform to an evidence-based approach. We asked Jochen Schomacher, PhD and instructor of the Kaltenborn-Evjenth method, to tell us about his personal experience in relation to this transition.