CANCELLED – Introduction to Clinical Research to Support Evidence-Based Practice in Manual Therapy – Winter 2017

CANCELLED – Presented by the University of Toronto, Department of Physical Therapy and the Orthopedic Division of the CPA



January 30 – March 27 2017


This online course will introduce learners to concepts that will enhance their ability to integrate evidence in the practice of manual therapy. Course content and assignments will facilitate the acquisition of knowledge, skills and behaviours that support the application of research evidence in the clinical setting. This course is relevant to clinicians and educators who are currently practicing or have previous experience in manual therapy. The material is aimed at clinicians who have not previously completed a research masters or PhD degree.

Learning Objectives*

At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of research evidence as applied to their manual therapy practice
  • Search, 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

(*Each Module has specific objectives)


  • This course is organized around modules that each cover a topic relevant to research such as research questions and designs and critical appraisal of articles relevant to manual therapy
  • Course material will be available on Blackboard, an online portal to which enrolled students are given access, and notifications about class material/activities will be also be communicated using Blackboard.
  • Participants will be provided with required readings and PowerPoint lecture notes for each module. After completing the readings, participants will participate in a discussion on the weekly topic by respond the questions on the BlackBoard web site and replying/commenting on at least one of the postings of a fellow participant. Online discussions will also be hosted on Blackboard.
  • Students can access the readings and complete the postings at any time during the week
    dedicated to that topic. There are no set class hours
  • Access to online journals will be provided by the University of Toronto Libraries for the duration of the course
  • Course instruction will be provided by University of Toronto faculty and instructors from the
    National Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association
  • Course participants are expected to dedicate approximately 5-6 hours per week to this course


Dates Module


Deadline to Post

and Respond

Module Content Topics
January 30 February 5 1 Overview and Defining EBP
February 6 February 12 2 Defining Questions and Searching
February 13 February 19 3 Research designs
February 20 February 26 4 Critical Appraisal
February 27 March 5 5 Systematic Reviews
March 6 March 12 6 Qualitative
March 13 March 19 7 Clinical Prediction Rules
March 20 March 26 8 Dx Screening
March 27   9 CPGs – KT – Wrap-up Final Assignment Due


Pass/Fail. A University of Toronto Continuing Education Certificate is presented to students who complete the course

Online discussions (45% of final grade – 5% per week)-Individual Grade

Purpose: The purpose of this component is to actively share knowledge and perspectives with colleagues related to weekly topics

  • Nine weekly asynchronous online discussions will take place during the course, each spanning 1-week in duration.
  • Discussions will be based on course material and will be facilitated by one of course instructors.
  • Participants will be graded on the quantity and quality of their contributions to the online discussions including their comments and responses to other participant postings

Case Report (55%)  – Group paper

Purpose: The purpose of this assignment is to synthesize key learning and to disseminate evidence informed skills into clinical practice. You are writing this case as if you are going to submit it to Physiotherapy CanadaPlease refer to this journal for publication guidelines (under “Case Study”)

This detailed case report must NOT exceed 1250 words, which includes the abstract and 20 or fewer references (tables are not included in word count).  The abstract must also not exceed 200 words.  The document should be in 12-point font with 1-inch margins and double-spaced. It is imperative that your paper focuses on a specific topic.

Guidelines for Case Report

The paper may focus on one of the following:

  1. specific assessment approach
  2. specific treatment approach
  3. diagnosis (or differential diagnosis)
  4. model of care
  5. any other reasonable focus

Academic Integrity:

It is the responsibility of students to familiarize themselves with the University of Toronto policy on academic integrity available for review online.  Students are required to adhere to the policy.  Breaches of the policy, whether through neglect or intentional, are subject to penalties.

Code of Behavior on Academic Matters (U of T)



Cathy Evans, PhD, MSc, BScPT


Lenerdene Levesque BScPT, MClSc(manip), FCAMPT


On or Before January 5th: $725
After January 5th: $775
Registration closes January 21st, 2017

To Register: CANCELLED

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Refund Policy: Refund for withdrawal from the course is subject to a $75.00 administration fee and must be made 5 days prior to the commencement of a course.

Cancellation Policy: We reserve the right to cancel this course if there is insufficient enrolment.