He is eager to change how he and his employees approach the research: they intend not to ignore it. Last week, after the office was closed, he held a two-hour meeting to emphasize the importance of transitioning his company’s practice to a more evidence-based approach.
His company is feeling the pinch. Providing school-based physical therapy as a private company was once easy money, but with cuts in government spending as local taxpayers grapple with an ever increasing percentage of the costs associated with related services in the educational environment (coupled with increasing competition) he hopes that being able to market his company as the most well-informed and outcome-based providers will give him the advantage he needs to survive.
Meanwhile, due to the “tremendous success” he had a couple of years ago with a taping technique on one particular patient that had scoliosis, he insists that all of his clinicians take (at minimum) a 2 day course to learn techniques that will specifically inhibit or facilitate muscles, reduce pain, release fascia, and decompress joints.
In a few months, he will be hosting this course, because one of his therapist’s reports that she had wonderful success with one of her patients after attending the same course last year.
Evidence-based practice? He doesn’t get it.