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Return to the athlete -- integrate that evidence with clinical expertise, athlete preferences and apply it to practice.
The evidence, by itself, does not make the decision, but it can help support the patient care process. The practice of EBP is usually triggered by patient/athlete encounters which generate questions. The following links may help you with these conversations.
Did the application of EBP help bring about your athlete's desired outcomes?
Patient Reported Outcomes
Patient reported outcome assessments/measurements are a way to evaluate whether your EPB was effective. These PROs (sometimes called PROMs) come in various forms in order to meet the unique patient context.
Over 300 measures of physical, mental, and social health for use with the general population and with individuals living with chronic conditions
Searching the Literature for PROs
Various PROs can be found within studies; therefore create specific searches in databases and search engines to find these measurement.
For example, use MeSH terms in PubMed. Medical subject headings (MeSH) can be helpful to focus search on tests and instruments, as the MeSH use a controlled vocabulary to group similar articles together.
Add a MeSH Heading to the search using AND
example: knee pain AND (MH "Questionnaires")
Use the Suggested MeSH Terms box, located at the right of search results, to discover terms. Each term is defined so you can find the one that best fits your topic. A few examples are listed below:
Patient outcome assessment
Process assessment (health care)
Outcome and process assessment (health care)
Use the link below start searching for PROs in PubMed.