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Evidence-Based Practice: A Clinician's guide to elevating practice with Evidence

Evidence based practice (EBP) has become pervasive in medicine over the last 15-20 years. You see it stamped on almost every CEU flyer that comes across your desk or email. But what does evidence based practice even mean? Why is it so important? How do you know that a course you attended really used any good evidence? Most importantly, how does a front-line clinician apply EBP? These questions are just a few that every  rehab professional should be able to answer. 

This course will define evidence by explaining what it is and what it is not. The course will discuss how to best locate evidence for the busy clinician. Most importantly, the course will explain how to implement evidence in daily practice with practical examples that you can begin using today in your documentation, outcomes, and medical screening for differential diagnosis.. 


  1. Describe a brief history of EBP

  2. Define EBP

  3. Discuss search strategies for locating EBP including search questions and creating a virtual feed to make EBP information come directly to you

  4. Understand Clinical Practice Guidelines and review articles are quick references for the busy clinician

  5. Describe basic statics used to evaluate evidence

  6. Assess the quality of evidence in several forms

  7. Describe Outcomes tools and brief relationship to G-codes

  8. Apply Outcomes tools to your documentation to objectify your value to 3rd party payers

  9. Review new best practices for DVT screening and why you should discard old screening tools

  10. Apply two clinical predication rules to at least 3 clinical cases


LBP: Are you using best practice?

About 50% of patients that present to outpatient therapy come with complaints of low
back pain. Low back pain has a lifetime prevalence of up to 80%. Physical therapists are not utilizing best practice for their patients. Using best practice to guide treatment has been linked to better outcomes, more efficient care, and better quality of life. 

This course synthesizes current PT LBP evidence. Attendees will benefit from a thorough update and review of the current LBP clinical practice guidelines (CPG) and other important literature. The course will allow attendees to improve examination, PT diagnosis, and LBP sub­grouping. Therapists will be able to select the best treatment for a given patient to improve outcomes. Attendees will also be able to analyze LBP patients for appropriate referral to other medical practitioners.


  1. Review JOSPT CPG on LBP.

  2. Discuss current best evidence guiding examination & intervention for LBP.

  3. Understand best tools for measuring outcomes of LBP population.

  4. Understand LBP PT diagnosis and how to apply specific interventions to LBP subgroups.

  5. Understand what specific examination findings are most useful for determining when to refer a patient to another medical practitioner.

  6. Apply best practice knowledge to at least 3 case studies.



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