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DPTH.6430.101, 34.643: Evidence Directed Care - Lopes

DPTH 6430-101 (34.643): "Evidence Directed Care"

This course presents the role of evidence in the development and critical analysis of physical therapy clinical practice guidelines and practice recommendations. Students are guided through the process of analyzing, weighting, comparing and integrating sources of evidence. Methods of integrating various forms of evidence that will be specifically covered include examination and intervention systematic reviews, meta-analyses and clinical practice guidelines. The role of Physical Therapist’s experience and background, patient, family, and other stakeholders in the development of clinical practice guidelines will be discussed and analyzed as integral parts of EDC. Theories of Behavioral Change will be discussed, compared and integrated into plans of care and clinical use of evidence especially clinical practice guidelines. The role of Telemedicine in Physical Therapy will also be discussed.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe, identify and analyze systematic reviews and meta-analyses using PRISMA and AMSTAR.
  2. Define, describe the role, provides examples of, and assess evidence in the context of physical therapy practice including the development and analysis of practice guidelines and recommendations.
  3. Critique published systematic reviews, and practice guidelines based upon methods of development and approaches to testing and verification.
  4. Extract, analyze and report on examination metrics and make recommendations for use of the examination tool.
  5. Form, articulate, develop[, and defend a recommendation for practice based on evidence in general; explain considerations required when applying in a specific case; and apply the recommendation to several case examples.
  6. Recognize, discuss, and integrate the roles of the Physical Therapist's Knowledge, Expertise, and Experience as well as the patient and family's input into development of evidence Based Care and Clinical Practical Guidelines.

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