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Sharing decision-making between patient and clinician: the next step in evidence-based practice for patellofemoral pain?
  1. C J Barton1,2,3,4,
  2. K M Crossley1
  1. 1 La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre, School of Allied Health, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  2. 2 Complete Sports Care, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  3. 3 Pure Sports Medicine, London, Victoria, UK
  4. 4 Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine, Queen Mary University of London, Victoria, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr CJ Barton La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre, School of Allied Health, La Trobe University, Melbourne E14DG, VIC, Australia; christian{at}completesportscare.com.au

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The ‘Best Practice Guide to Conservative Management of Patellofemoral Pain’1 synthesised level 1 evidence from high-quality systematic reviews with international expert opinion. The associated publication and guide (see table 1) provides a tool to facilitate research translation and evidence-based practice (EBP) in the management of patellofemoral pain (PFP). This tool is freely available to clinicians treating PFP worldwide.

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Best Practice Guide to Conservative Management of Patellofemoral Pain—adapted from Barton et al.1

The ‘Best Practice Guide’ outlines available evidence for various passive, active and educational interventions. However, it makes up just one of the three key components of EBP. By definition, EBP incorporates (1) the best external evidence, (2) the clinician's individual experience, and (3) the patient's beliefs and expectations.2 Therefore, the published guide alone does not capture the clinicians experience related to the perception of how this evidence might apply to …

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