How can organizations encourage & incentivize clinicians to become evidence-based practitioners?
If you’re a clinician, you’ve heard the term “evidence-based practice” or “evidence-based medicine”. Whether you’ve been a clinician for many years, or if you’re a new grad, the term —and PR content used to promote it— may conjure up images of leisurely searching through recent literature and available evidence in order to provide the most effective treatment possible to your patients. The reality is much different. Barries of time, resources, and access often limit a clinician’s ability to effectively implement what they may have been taught in training about evidence-based practice.
Well, my guest this week, Teal Benevides, PhD, is a great person to talk to about this subject. She’s a professor at Augusta University’s Department of Occupational Therapy and teaches the research curriculum in the department. She’s one of those clinicians who has definitely made her mark on the profession. When I was a professor at that university, it was always surprising at faculty meetings when they would say something like “Teal got another article published”. She’s definitely a powerhouse in the OT research world, especially around access to care for adults with autism and developmental disabilities. I had the great opportunity to teach an evidence-based practice course at the department with Teal back in 2020, and I think I learned as much as the students!
What we cover in this Episode
- Knowledge Translation
- The importance of clinical decision-making
- How communication affects patient care, engagement, and experience
- Predatory journals & the challenge of open access
- How we can use data and technology to promote Better Outcomes
- Taking a Biopsychosocial Approach to healthcare
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Rafael E. Salazar II, MHS, OTR/L (Rafi) is the Principal Owner of Rehab U Practice Solutions and the host of The Better Outcomes Show. He has experience in a variety of rehab settings, working with patients recovering from a variety of injuries and surgeries. Rafi has worked in a variety of settings, from orthopedic and musculoskeletal rehabilitation, to academia, and even healthcare consulting. He spent the majority of his clinical experience working at Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, where he was the lead clinician and clinical education coordinator for the outpatient specialty rehab program. In this role, he treated many veterans with chronic pain and helped to establish an interdisciplinary pain management program. He has worked on projects ranging from patient engagement initiatives to marketing communication campaigns to a multi million dollar project assisting the State of Georgia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities transition individuals out of state institutions to community residences. He also has experience as a core faculty member at Augusta University’s Occupational Therapy Program, as a Licensed Board Member on the GA State OT Board, and he serves on the Board of Directors for NBCOT. He works to help healthcare clinics and organizations deliver uniquely impactful patient experiences by improving service delivery through The Ultimate Patient Experience™ and courses & training programs.
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If you’re ready to craft a strategy to help your organization bring in more clients, retain them throughout their course of care, and create uniquely impactful patient experiences, then reach out. We’d love to talk with you about how Rehab U Practice Solutions can help.
What we can help you do:
✅ Train your staff and clinicians to be able to confidently communicate the value your organization provides…
✅ Leverage best practices, new technology, telehealth, and marketing/messaging to maximize patient engagement & retention…
✅ Develop a system that keeps patients & clients happy, engaged, and satisfied throughout the entire process of care…
We help you not only craft marketing messages & campaigns that build that know, like, & trust value you need to convert leads into scheduled clients; but we also work with your clinicians and staff to make sure that, once a patient decides to schedule an appointment, you have a system setup that keeps them happy, engaged, and satisfied throughout the onboarding, treatment, and discharge process.
In short, we help your whole organization become focused on the most important thing in healthcare: people – the people who work for your organization, and the people who your organization treats and serves.