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

12 October-6 December, 2017

An Eight-Week Online Course

**Note: This course will only be offered once in the current 2017-2018 academic year.

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The ability to integrate research evidence into the practice of manual therapy is crucial to ongoing clinical effectiveness. In this online course, you will develop the skills to evaluate current research and apply research evidence in the clinical setting, through online course readings, recorded lectures, and discussion board participation. Participants will complete eight week-long modules, undertake a critical appraisal of a research article using the PICO framework and guidelines established by the Physiotherapy Evidence Database, and write a case report targeted for submission to Physiotherapy Canada. By the end of this course you will be able to find, appraise, and apply research evidence appropriately and effectively in your own practice. This course is relevant to clinicians and educators who are currently practicing or have previous experience in manual therapy.  Course participants should expect to devote approximately 5-8 hours per week to this course.

IMPORTANT NOTICE for all physical therapists taking Orthopaedic Division Education Level Courses:

The CPA Orthopaedic Division now requires all course participants who first registered AFTER January 2014 in their course program (L1 exam), to register in this course BEFORE registering to take the 2018 Advanced Exam. This course is now a requirement of the curriculum.


At the conclusion of this course, learners 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


  • Module One: Defining Evidence-Based Practice and Developing Research Questions
  • Module Two: Search Strategies and Research Designs
  • Module Three: Critical Appraisals and Using Statistics
  • Module Four: Critical Appraisal Presentations
  • Module Five: Diagnostic Screening and Clinical Practice Guidelines
  • Module Six: Clinical Prediction Rules
  • Module Seven: Systematic Reviews
  • Module Eight: Case Reports


Dr. Cathy Evans, PhD, MSc, BScPT, is a physiotherapist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto. She completed her BSc PT from the University of Toronto, MSc in Epidemiology from McMaster University, and PhD in Education and Technology from the University of Toronto. She is Course Coordinator as well as Instructor for this course.

Lenerdene Levesque, BScPT, MClSc(manip), FCAMPT, has worked in the field of orthopaedics and manual therapy for over 25 years. She graduated from Queen’s University and completed her Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Therapy in 1992 from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. In 2008, she completed the Masters of Clinical Science from the University of Western Ontario. She is an instructor and examiner for the National Orthopaedic Division in postgraduate manual and manipulative education and has mentored many colleagues through this process.


To participate in this online offering, you will need:

  1. An up-to-date web browser, preferably Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari.
  2. A recent version of Adobe Reader (
  3. A recent version of Adobe Flash. It can be downloaded from although some web browsers include it.

It is possible to view content and participate on the discussion board with a smart phone using the Blackboard Mobile Learn app; however, it cannot be used to take tests. Links to download the app for iOS, Android, and Blackberry can be found at:


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Registration fees include all course materials and a certificate of completion.

NOTE: If you are not a manual therapist, please register in Introduction to Clinical Research to Support Evidence-Based Practice in Health Care Practice

Early Bird Fee:                  $725 (received on or before Wednesday, 20 September, 2017)

Regular Fee:                       $775 (received after Wednesday, 20 September, 2017)

Registration Deadline:   2 October, 2017

Phone: (416) 946-8641 • Fax: (416) 946-8562

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Refund for withdrawal from the course is subject to a $75.00 administration fee.

The University of Toronto reserves the right to cancel in cases of insufficient registration.