Derek Clewley, DPT, PhD, FAAOMPT, is an assistant professor at Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy program. He is on the team that worked on the 2017 revision of the Neck Pain Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) as well as the upcoming revision. His research has spanned across orthopaedic physical therapy, including pain science, dry needling and manual therapy.
Clewley joins our hosts Kory Zimney and Paul Mintken to talk through the 2017 revision of the Neck Pain CPG – how the articles were selected to inform the CPG and the process used to create it.
Here are some of the highlights:
The research that is chosen to inform the recommendations in the CPG goes through a rigorous process to be selected and used.
The wealth of research allowed the 2017 Neck Pain CPG to be more definitive and confident in its recommendations, but going forward there will not be these earth-shattering changes to the CPG.
Finding clinical decision dilemmas and solving them with the CPG as well as a clinical decision aid is one of the focuses to help clinicians implement the CPG into actual clinical practice.
As an entry-level clinician, use the CPG as a foundation to build on for your clinical practice and clinical reasoning.
Derek Clewley’s Clinical Pearl: Be curious as a clinician. You can feel confident with your skills and the research, but strike the balance of being open and critical to new research and ideas. Be willing to be somebody different five years from now than you thought you would be.
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