The negative effect of misplaced positivity

“Criticising ourselves is the mark of a positive, confident profession” Dr. David Nicholls, PhD So the idea that we should only be positive, and lift each other up, is often used to silence critique. Silencing critique, that is, casting light on a real problem, is a very negative thing. As health professionals, we should welcome […]

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Road and the destination – Making the patient choose the treatment

The main problem I have with (making the clients choose the treatment) is this: What we do with our clients or patient should have plausible scientific reasoning and some supporting evidence. We should stand clear of modalities with no plausible scientific rationale and evidence that speaks against the modality. As stated by Ingram et al.: […]

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Don’t be a therapist prostitute – 8 reasons why this is wrong

As Adam Meakins has stated, “Just doing what ever a patient wants is prostituting yourself!”. A typical argument for letting the patient choose the choice of treatment is this: “I agree we should advocate for patient education on EBP but that comes at what cost? We’ll never know. Some patients may not return.”

 Often there […]

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An open letter to my follow physiotherapists and healthcare providers

“Digital misinformation has become so pervasive in online social media that it has been listed by the WEF as one of the main threats to human society” (1). So the World Economic Forum has stated that misinformation that is being shared on social networks like Facebook; is a threat to our society. In the Musculoskeletal […]

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The case against the use of clinical experience (for finding causal relationships)

Now, let me preface the title by saying that clinical experience and personal experiences have great value, and can teach us a lot of things. One great thing we can use our experiences to is to form a new testable hypothesis, that research then has to confirm before we integrate them into clinical practice. But, […]

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Explorations in Cognitive Science with Jamie Hale MS

I have, for a long time now, been reading articles, books, and research papers by Jamie Hale MS. Some of these quotes are from articles or books, but most are from social media posts. For years, Hale has been an avid author, writing numerous articles for The Skeptical Inquirer, Psych Central, and Center for Inquiry. […]

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The biggest error in pain management (you might be doing)

A major problem in pain management right now is that there is an epidemic of erroneous reasoning. This is a pandemic of “broscience”, non-scientific thinking and dysrationalia. In debates, when people are faced with an argument and/or evidence that goes against their preconceived beliefs, the common answer is “but I know it works,” or “I […]

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Why and when is “pain science” and pain research important?

If you are advising or providing care for a person who has pain or is living with chronic pain, you need to have a firm grasp of current pain research, an in-depth understanding of the complexity of pain and your patients’ experience of it, and definitively know the many different factors which modulate pain. Combined, […]

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Thinking about your thinking while you’re thinking – To make your thinking better

I have for some years now, been reading articles and viewing lectures by Dr. Steven Novella. Some of these quotes are from articles, lectures and but most of them are from Dr. Novella’s course called “Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills”. In my opinion this course is the best introductory course to critical thinking […]

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