Evidence Based Practice - Part 3: Critical Appraisal Techniques


Course Description
This course is designed to expand on the basic knowledge of the application of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP).

This course is the third in a series and will cover the techniques used to critically appraise research evidence in the form of articles reporting

  • intervention or treatment technique research,
  • diagnosis or testing technique research,
  • prognosis or risk research and
  • harm or etiology research.
These principles and skills will allow the student to apply current best practice evidence immediately and improve clinical decision making and clinical practice.

Course Goal: To be able to critically analyze literature that examines interventions or treatment techniques to enhance clinical decision making.

Upon completion of this interactive online course, the learner will be able to:

  • List the 4 research techniques used to study interventions and treatments
  • Identify the common research techniques used to study diagnostic procedures or tests
  • List the common research techniques used to study prognosis or risk of a disease or condition
  • Identify 3 common research techniques used to study harm or etiology of a disease or condition
  • Identify Key components of articles used to support evidence
  • Identify a basic interpretation of research results to answer clinical question

Teaching methods:
The course will incorporate self-guided text lectures, demonstrations, practice assignments, discussion boards and a final exam is to be completed at the conclusion of the course.

E-mail correspondence with the instructor is encouraged but not required. This course is designed for learners who are Beginners or are Advanced Beginners in using EBP principles.
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