Misinformation in physiotherapy #physiotalk 29th April

Our next #physiotalk tweetchat will be on Monday 29th April at 8.30pm BST

The topic is on Misinformation in physiotherapy – so what’s that and what can we do about it?

Most physiotherapists profess to be using evidence based practice – or at the very least aspire to being practitioners who use the best evidence we can find. We live in a 24 hour society and sometimes it seems that the latest evidence is coming at us from multiple sources: we can’t possibly still be using outdated, misinformed or plain wrong practices – or can we? Is there just too much information coming at us that we can’t possibly sort out what is useful from what is misinformed?


The chat on Monday night will focus on:

  • How to identify misinformation
  • Understanding why might misinformation get shared
  • How do we make sure our practice is evidence based
  • How do we ensure the correct information is disseminated

This will be looking from two angles – firstly how we as practitioners can be misinformed or outdated and secondly, how do we go about correcting the misinformation held by the public at large.  We know this is a tough ask – some campaigns such as the CSP’s ‘Back Pain Myth Busters‘ have been needed to try and correct some very strong beliefs that are held by the public at large and of course potentially by some professionals as well. This is nothing new of course – a paper in 1993 proposed that Chronic Low Back Pain might be a product of incorrect information given to acute low back pain patients.

Questions to consider

  1. What do you consider to be the major ‘myths’ in physiotherapy?
  2. How do you identify that a practice or intervention might be based on misinformation?
  3. Why does misinformation seem to be shared more widely that EBP – or is it?
  4. How can we become better at appraising the new (and relinquishing the outdated)?
  5. What can we do to ensure correct information only is disseminated to the public?



Thanks to Tom Jesson who compiled a long list of myths and misconceptions for students

Missed the chat

Catch up with the transcript

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