Evidence-based practice has become the standard of care in the 21st century. Evidence-based practice is “the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients.”1 It requires the integration of a health professional’s clinical expertise, the best available scientific evidence, and patient values and preferences to guide clinical decisions for individual patients.2
According to “Measuring the Quality of Healthcare,” a 1999 Institute of Medicine report, “Current professional knowledge emphasizes that health professionals must stay abreast of the rapidly expanding and changing knowledge base and use such knowledge appropriately.”3 But how can busy health professionals keep current with the ever-expanding body of scientific knowledge and integrate relevant research findings into their everyday clinical practice?
Rheumatology researchers have made significant contributions to improving the evaluation and management of persons with rheumatic diseases. The ARHP is committed to advancing the knowledge and skills of health professionals in order to improve health outcomes for people with or at risk for rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. Through its publications and educational programs, ARHP disseminates relevant research findings to health professionals around the world.