Western Health Sciences


The ability to retrieve, critically appraise and integrate the research evidence into advanced healthcare practice is essential to clinical outcomes. In this online course, you will develop the skills to conduct a literature search using various databases, evaluate different types of research and integrate and apply evidence informed approaches to clinical decision making. Participants will complete nine online modules, which will consist of recorded lectures, required course readings and various learning activities including self-assessment, online quizzes, asynchronous learning activities, discussion board forums and synchronous sessions. Participants will work in groups to critically appraise various research articles using the PICOT framework and critical appraisal tools. The final assignment will require participants to write and present a case report demonstrating the application of the five steps of evidence informed practice developed throughout the course (Ask, Acquire, Appraise, Apply, Assess).

This course is relevant to clinicians and educators and is a mandatory requirement for all physical therapists in the Advanced Integrated Musculoskeletal (AIM) Education System delivered through the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA). Individuals with a post professional Masters of Science, Clinical Masters or PhD and have completed a critical appraisal and research methodology course can be exempt. This does not apply to a MPT designation.

Course participants should expect to devote approximately 8 – 10 hours per week to this course and be prepared to work in groups and to attend synchronous sessions with Guest Lecturers and actively participate in discussion forums.

What You Will Learn

By the end of this course the student will be able to: 

  • Demonstrate an understanding of research evidence as applied to their manual therapy practice 
  • Search for, appraise, and apply research evidence to the practice of manual therapy
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the factors that influence research use in their practice setting
  • Apply specific strategies to improve integration of research evidence in their practice

Thank you for your interest in this course.

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