Iona Novak

Evidence based practice comes to life at Cerebral Palsy Alliance with the application of The READ Model

The Rehabilitation Evidence-Based Decision-Making (READ) Model was developed by a team of researchers led to Professor Iona Novak who work out of the University of Sydney and are employed by The Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Institute.

According to Novak et al (2021) evidence-based practice is the foundation of rehabilitation and provision of treatment for maximising client outcomes. Despite this, there is an unacceptably high number of ineffective or outdated interventions being implemented in the community which leads to sub-optimal outcomes for clients.

The READ Model applies the four central principles of evidence-based practice and is a decision-making algorithm for evidence-based decision making in rehabilitation settings. It outlines a step-by-step layered process to allied health professionals to collaboratively set goals and select appropriate interventions for their clients. The READ Model also acknowledges multiple multilayered factors such as client preferences and values, family supports available and external environmental factors such as funding, availability and of services and access.

How to apply the READ Model in practice

Allied health professionals can apply the READ Model to select interventions that are evidence-based with an appropriate mode, dose and with regular review, to enable the achievement of client’s goals. The READ Model can be applied across multiple rehabilitation and service delivery settings and will come to life in an upcoming event in Dubbo on Tuesday 31 October 2023. Please visit the link below to learn more about the event and register your place today.

References: Novak I, te Velde A, Hines A, Stanton E, Mc Namara M, Paton MCB, Finch-Edmondson M and Morgan C (2021) Rehabilitation Evidence-Based Decision-Making: The READ Model. Front. Rehabilit. Sci. 2:726410. doi: 10.3389/fresc.2021.726410