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Facilitating Knowledge Becoming Action Through Open Access



Presented as part of a focused symposium at IFOMPT 2012 conference in Quebec City, Canada

Presented as part of a focused symposium at IFOMPT 2012 conference in Quebec City, Canada



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  • A lot of knowledge available - we face difficulties putting this knowledge into actionThere are barriers preventing us from accessing the information we needjournals (closed, expensive, time delay) websites (random locations, difficult to find, often poor quality) professional organisations (closed, member only)courses (can be expensive and time consuming)If we can’t access the knowledge we can’t turn it into action!
  • Wikipedia for physio’sVision – to be an accessible evidence based resource for our profession (patients too?)
  • Knowledge to Action CycleMaking knowledge available - Facilitate implementation of knowledge by making it easily accessibleopen access, Free, anyone can view at any time, Easy to add knowledge to the siteRaise awareness of new knowledge through our global networkCost effective method of distributing knowledge (and accessing knowledge)
  • Searched for neck pain
  • IanGraham et al's Knowledge to Action CycleMany effective ways to make evidence availableIdentified barriers – access (and cost effectiveness)Physiopedia overcomes this – open and cost effective method of distributing and accessing knowledgeMonitor knowledge use – We can collect statistics on every article in PhysiopediaEvaluate Outcomes – User surveys - Satisfaction with practice and time taken to integrate new practiceSustain knowledge use – We are a cost effective strategy for distributing knowledge. Help to create sustainability - highlight use and outcomes, why it is meaningful etc to stakeholders, users and patients etc.Identify – groups of people using the toolAdopt to local context – ie. No internet access in africa - app
  • In the articles that I have presented on neck pain2 x Provided by researchers2 x Student projects assessed by tutors1 x Reviewed in PhysiopediaEdited by the communityTeam of volunteers is growingClinicians must judiciously interpret and integrate information

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  • Facilitating Knowledge Becoming Action Through Open Access
  • Knowledge
  • • Treatment‐based classification approach to neck pain• Neck Disability Index• Neck Pain and Disability Scale• Neck Pain: Clinical Practice Guidelines• Traction for Neck Pain CPR• Manual Therapy and Exercise Intervention in the Treatment of Shoulder and Neck Pain in a Patient with Mental Health Comorbidities: A Case Report• Manual Therapy and Exercise for Neck Pain: Clinical Treatment Tool-kit• Should I receive manual therapy and exercise for my neck pain?: A patient decision aid• Deep Neck Flexor Stabilisation Protocol• Vertebral Artery Test• Cervical Spondylosis• Cervical Myelopathy• Cervical Instability• Whiplash Associated Disorders• Cervical Radiculopathy
  • MakeKnowledge Available
  • Quality
  • • We are building an accessible and trustworthy centre of valid and up to date information for patients and clinicians.• Open access to knowledge in this way provides an effective method to translate the best available evidence into clinical practice and patient education.