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EBP#1: What Every Physiotherapist Should Know About the Current State of Evidence-Informed Practice

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21 October 2021

The first webinar in a three-part series on evidence-based practice.

Chapter 1: How do you know what you know? – Teri Slade

What is evidence? How do we know what we know? Is there one true, knowable reality? The first chapter of the series talks about the big picture of what we mean when we talk about evidence.

Chapter 2: Open Access and Predatory Publication – Doug Gross

Scientific publication is the single most profitable industry in the world. This chapter will talk about the pitfalls of electronic publishing, open access publication and predatory publication and how these changes to the scientific publishing industry are affecting the quality of evidence available to guide clinical decision making.

Chapter 3: Spotting Low Quality or Questionable Evidence

Marketing, media, social media, memes, and fact checking … OH MY!

It has long been acknowledged that clinical experience and patient values and context are important components of clinical decision making. But when it comes to the evidence part of the equation, how can a clinician identify the high-quality research that should form the third pillar of evidence-informed practice?


Alexander Bell-Moratto is a 2nd year physiotherapy student at the University of Alberta, where he previously wrote a Master's thesis about back pain. When he's not scrolling through evidence-based practice memes, Alex looks forward to infusing research into his clinical interactions with patients and fellow clinicians.

Alex Su, MScPT, MScRS, is a physiotherapist intern in the Edmonton area and a recent graduate of the University of Alberta where he also researched scoliosis. Alex enjoys engaging with fellow clinicians to discuss research evidence and reflecting on his own experiences in public and private practice.

Doug Gross, PT, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta. He is Director of the Rehabilitation Research Centre and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. Doug is placidly passionate about science literacy and evidence-informed decision-making. His university teaching focuses on creating and applying health-evidence. Follow him on Twitter@DP_Gross

Teri Slade is a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Rehabilitation at the University of Alberta and Research Coordinator at the Rehabilitation Research Centre at the University of Alberta. Her research studies the relationship of gender to health outcomes, specifically pain.

Andrea Young is a 2nd year physiotherapy student at the University of Alberta. She previously completed a Master of Science in Health Policy Research, studying patient engagement in the area of drugs for rare diseases. Andrea looks forward to gaining more experience in applying research evidence into her own clinical practice.

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Course Materials

EBP#1 - Chapter 1 - Teri Slade Handout

EBP#1 - Chapter 2 - Doug Gross Handout

EBP#1 - Chapter 3 - Alex Bell-Moratto Handout

EBP#1 - Chapter 3 - Alex Su Handout

EBP#1 - Chapter 3 - Andrea Young Handout

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