Course Description

Critical Assessment and Application of Best Evidence

In this 16.5 hour course, the physical therapist develops the skills to utilize and integrate principles of evidence-based practice in making patient-focused decisions in day-to-day clinical practice.

Faculty

Joan Mountain Elliott
PT, DPT

Dr. Joan Mountain Elliott, PT, DPT, has had clinical practice in many physical therapy settings, including acute care, home care, rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient physical therapy and the National Institutes of Health Department of Rehabilitation Medicine.

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Course Description

In this 16.5 hour course, the physical therapist develops the skills to utilize and integrate principles of evidence-based practice in making patient-focused decisions in day-to-day clinical practice.

Objectives
  • Seek out and locate meaningful and valid evidence to support clinical decisions.
  • Critically analyze and interpret the scientific evidence to inform clinical practice decisions.
  • Critically appraise the validity, importance, and applicability of research studies focused on therapy, prognosis, diagnosis, or systematic review.
  • Critically appraise clinical guidelines using EBP principles.
  • Discuss strategies to incorporate use of best evidence in your clinical practice setting.
  • Locate, critically assess the quality, and appropriately apply findings of synopsis and synthesis level summaries of the literature.
  • Describe and discuss barriers and facilitators toward the use of an EBP approach in day-today clinical practice.
  • Utilize an evidence-informed practice approach in your own clinical practice environment.
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