What is Evidence-Based Care?

Posted on Nov 10, 2019

Have you heard of the term “evidence-based care?” What is it? Definitions vary, depending on the area of application, but basically all of the definitions refer to the use of scientific research as a way to inform the delivery of patient care. In other words, how do medical practitioners make their decisions? With evidence-based care, they refer to the current best evidence available— up-to-date information that comes from valid and relevant scientific research.

How does this work in reality? Say you’re a patient. You ask a question and your medical professional gives you an answer… and that answer is based on applicable, quality evidence that science has found in its research. This is different than a professional giving their “informed opinion.” Instead, the answer is evidence-based.

People can be very logical or very feelings-oriented, right? Some people fall in the middle, but it’s likely you know a person or two who is “all logic” or “all feelings.” With evidence-based care, answers lean toward the logical side of things— using specific, unbiased data for answers. Practitioners fearlessly look at what the evidence says!

Many common medical practices aren’t based on research… they’re based on “the way we’ve always done it” or “an informed opinion.”

Who are some of your friends or family who could stand to benefit from chiropractic care? Chances are that you know some people in your life who are skeptical about going to a chiropractor. They might say things like, “Oh, they’re not real doctors,” or “I think they just deal with backs and that’s it!” But how well-informed are most people about what chiropractors actually do for their patients?

Anytime someone is in pain they’re looking for pain relief. They typically run right to pills/drugs for that relief. Yet chiropractic does NOT rely on pills or drugs for pain relief. It’s a natural healing alternative. For some people, that’s a welcome change of approach to feeling better, isn’t it? Lakewoods Chiropractic is happy to answer skeptic’s questions and to take on new patients. Please call 651-464-0800 and make your appointment today.

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