Statistics For The Practicing Clinician

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Course Instructor: Dr. Rob Sillevis, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT-click for bio

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CEU’s: 18 hours

Course objectives


•Use knowledge in the principles of clinical research as it relates to the field of physical therapy to enhance clinical decision-making based on such research and, therefore, improve patient outcomes.

•Understand the principles of both parametric and non-parametric statistics.

•Demonstrate clinical decision making skills, including clinical reasoning, clinical judgment, and reflective practice based on research articles.

•Understand the validity/reliability issue as it relates to measurement tools.

•Understand the issues of power and effect size and how this could affect study results.

•Synthesize data from research articles to guide the examination and analyze data to make clinical judgments regarding patient/client management.

•Identify the sensitivity, specificity, positive likelihood, and negative likelihood ratio of clinical testing and how this guides patient/client management.

•Select patient/client variables that allow research evidence to be collected and applied.

•Incorporate evidence/consensus-based practice in the management of patients/clients.

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Course Description

This course explores the role of statistics in the evidence based practice environment. In order to evaluate the quality of research articles and the implication research evidence might have on clinical decision making a sound understanding of research methodology, including both the parametric and non-parametric statistics needs to be present. Additionally, this course will explore a variety of research principles as it relates to the practicing clinician. As part of this course you will be required to present a study proposal to demonstrate your gained knowledge in this course.