Introduction to Clinical Research to Support Evidence-Based Practice in Manual Therapy Fall 2012 – Winter 2013


Nov 19, 2012 – Feb 17, 2013 (Includes a 3 week break)


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 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 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 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
  • 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


Course Co-ordination

Cathy Evans, PhD, MSc, BScPT

Faculty Instructors

Sara Guilcher, PhD, MScPT, BSc.
Lenerdene Levesque BScPT, MClSc(manip), FCAMPT


Complete our online registration form and submit the required payment.


$200 (on or before November 1, 2012) for registered Instructors in CPA Ortho Division (registration site opens September 21, 2012). The Fall-Winter 2012-2013 is subsidized by the Orthopedic Division of the CPA and the University of Toronto, Department of Physical Therapy. Please make cheques payable to: Department of Physical Therapy.

Refund Policy

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

Further Information

Please review the Online EBP Course Outline Fall 2012.