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Introduction to Evidence Based Practice

PTA 216W

Introduction to Evidence Based Practice

PTA 216W

Course Description

Prerequisite: PTA 102, PTA 120, PTA 120L, PTA 121, PTA 123W, PTA 123LW, PTA 124, PTA 125, PTA 125LW, and LWA 206B, each with a "C" (2.0) minimum grade. Concurrent enrollment in PTA 205, PTA 205L, PTA 209, PTA 209L, PTA 210, PTA 210L, PTA 213, PTA 213L, PTA 214, PTA 222 and LWA 206C. Introduces the use of Evidence Based Practice (EBP) in Physical Therapy. Focuses on defining EBP, designing clinical questions and searching common physical therapy research databases to support clinical decision making in the treatment of patients. Presents and utilizes basic research designs. Includes practical application of a clinical situation. (15-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Demonstrate entry-level understanding of the role of evidenced based practice in physical therapy decision making and treatment selection.

Objectives:

  • Define evidence-based practice.
  • Describe how evidence-based practice enhance clinical experiences for best practice.

Demonstrate understanding of the various research sources and databases available to physical therapy clinicians.

Objectives:

  • Define and describe the scope of each of the following:

Demonstrate understanding of entry level ability to utilize the research for various aspects of physical therapy practice.

Objectives:

  • Demonstrate efficient and effective use of search databases as avialable including
  • Develop a clinical question based on a patient case and use evidence based practice methods of investigation to answer the clinical question.
  • Apply research findings to clinical practice.

Demonstrate understanding of the hierarchy of research and the implications for clinical practice.

Objectives:

  • Define quantitative reasearch designs and implicatuions to PT practice.
  • Define qualitative research designs and implications to PT practice.
  • Discuss the elements of a research aritcle.
  • Evalutate a research article from professional literature.

Demonstrate understanding of how to assess the quality of a research article from the professional literature.

Objectives:

  • Define basic statistical terms.
  • Describe, apply and evaluate basic statistical methods to clinical research.
  • Describe basic statistical terms used in research and their significance during literature reviews.