Introduction to Clinical Research to Support Evidence-Based Practice in Manual Therapy Fall 2015

This will be the last time this course is offered for Instructors.

This course runs October 1, 2015 to December 10, 2015, and registration closes September 14, 2015.


This 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.

Course 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 10 week course is organized around 10 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 responding to 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
  • Instructors will be available for Skype office hours (hours TBA)
  • 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 5-8 hours per week to this course


Complete our online registration form and submit the required payment.


$725 (on or before August 24, 2015) for registered PTs in CPA Ortho Division (registration closes September 14, 2015).

Refund Policy

No refunds will be provided but registrants may transfer their registration to another participant at no charge.