Residency Course

Evidence-Based Practice: The Hallmark of Specialty Practice

Faculty: Jenni Moore PT, DHS, Board Certified Neurologic Physical Therapist and T. George Hornby PT, PhD

with contributions from:

  • Chris Henderson PT, PhD, NCS

  • T. George Hornby PT, PhD

Course Description

Evidence-based practice is defined as the conscientious use of current best evidence in making decisions about patient care. The approach integrates a systematic search for and critical appraisal of the most relevant evidence to answer a burning clinical question, one's own clinical expertise, and patient preferences and values. A rehabilitation practitioner needs to understand the steps to conduct evidence-based practice, including formulating a clinical question, searching for evidence, appraising evidence, applying evidence to practice, and evaluating the use of evidence. This includes development of skills such as creating good clinical questions, conducting a literature search, critically appraising articles, applying evidence-based assessments and interventions with appropriate timing and dose, and understanding the impact of the evidence on a specific patient. This comprehensive online course dives into each aspect of evidence-based practice using video tutorials, quizzes, and case applications.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, learners will be able to:

  1. define Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)

  2. identify at least 3 barriers to EBP

  3. describe the role of a specialist in promoting EBP

  4. discuss Steps Required for Evidence-Based Practice

  5. state the difference between EBP and Knowledge Translation

  6. design a PICO for a clinical question

  7. describe at least 3 resources to find literature on a PICO question

  8. describe 2 reasons why literature appraisal is important

  9. identify at least 3 critical appraisal tools

  10. explain how a journal impact factor is calculated

  11. describe the levels of evidence

  12. explain when parametric statistics should be used

  13. explain when non-parametric statistics should be used

  14. given a basic description of a measurement result, determine whether a parametric or non-parametric statistic should be used

The online course will be launched in Aug, 2019

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