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EBP#2: Read the Methods First!

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17 February 2022

This webinar is a continuation of the October 2021 webinar EBP#1 What Every PT Should Know About the Current State of Evidence-Informed Practice. Click here to watch the first three chapters.

Chapter 4: When the Bias is Baked-In
When reading quantitative studies comparing interventions, it is important to remember the common sources of bias, and to be able to identify when a bias has been “baked-into” a study design. Understanding sources of bias and concepts like intention to treat analyses helps to identify flawed study designs, so the clinician can draw some conclusions about whether to read a study in full, and how valid the reported findings are. 

Chapter 5: Qualitative Studies
Reviewing quantitative studies is hard enough but sorting out if a qualitative study has been done well, and how to interpret and apply the findings to one’s practice – that’s another story. Not sure how to read a qualitative study and make sense of how the authors came to their conclusions? No worries. This chapter will review the key considerations. 

Chapter 6: No One’s Perfect - How Flawed is Fatally Flawed?
Picking apart research studies can be a fun pass-time for folks who don’t design them. In reality, it is not possible to design a perfect study, especially in physiotherapy. But when does a study tip from being imperfect to being fatally flawed, and how can a reader spot the difference?


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.

Eric Parent, PT, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy with an adjunct appointment in the department of Surgery at University of Alberta. He is Past-President of the Society on Scoliosis Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Treatment for which he chaired a clinical research training courses. He serves on the editorial board of the European Spine Journal, and on the Non-operative Care and Grant Committees of the Scoliosis Research Society. He teaches Advanced Concepts of Evidence-Based Practice and introduced Quality Improvement training in the Physical Therapy program at University of Alberta.

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Course Materials

EBP#2: Slade - Qualitative Quality - Handout

EBP#2: Parent - When the Bias is Baked In - Handout

EBP#2: Parent - How Flawed is Fatally Flawed - Handout

EBP#2: Gross - How Flawed is Fatally Flawed - Handout

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