Practical Evidence-Based Practice: Applying the Evidence to Your Patients - PT47

Practical Evidence-Based Practice: Applying the Evidence to Your Patients

by David Vernier, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
(4.3 / 333 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Evidence-based practice involves considering the best available research, clinical experience and patient values to help guide a course of care. Researchers and physicians from the United States joined forces with colleagues from Canada and produced a series of articles for the Journal of the American Medical Association that came to be known as the Users’ Guides to the Medical Literature. A book by the same name was later published and remains an excellent resource for anyone interested in understanding and practicing EBP. The idea of utilizing scientific literature to improve patient care caught on with other healthcare providers as well (PT, OT, RN, DDS, DC) and continues to affect healthcare decisions today.


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide physical therapists and social workers with information about the evolution and application of evidence-based practice. After studying the material presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the origins and development of evidence-based practice
  • Locate and analyze evidence-based literature that is relevant to your practice setting
  • Integrate evidence-based practice into your current practice 

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including physical therapists and social workers.
Physical Therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Approval Information
OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of continuing education for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/18.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through September 30, 2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 13S0342 for 02/18/13 to 02/18/14; 14S1208 for 02/19/14 to 02/19/15; 15S0748 for 02/20/15 to 02/20/16; 16S1305 for 02/21/16 to 02/21/17; 17S0877 for 2/22/17 to 2/22/18), the Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. EBP130020566 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; EBP140021501 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; EBP150023683 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27137 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-518457 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-518457 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18); the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 4878 for 02/18/13 to 02/17/14; 5706 for 02/18/14 to 02/17/15; 6095 for 02/18/15 to 02/17/16; 2016-32 for 02/18/16 to 02/17/17; 2017-072 for 02/18/17 to 02/17/18); the Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE004144 for 02/24/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE007137 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE010052 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18); and the New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 965-2012 for 01/08/13 to 01/31/14; 227-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-843 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
This course has been approved by the Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 01/25/13 to 01/25/17; 12/01/16 to 12/01/20 and by the Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 01/15/13 to 07/31/14; 08/01/14 to 07/31/16; 08/01/16 to 07/31/18.
The Illinois Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The Illinois Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 437-4654 for 02/01/13 to 02/01/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the Illinois Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applying for re-licensure in Illinois can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required continuing education hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 2/18/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/18/2013
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/31/2018


Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Christine B - Las Vegas, NV  ·  Jul 18, 2018
Very good refresher for evidence based practice
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CARYN E - Wyomissing, PA  ·  Feb 20, 2018
Nice review of evidence based practice.
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Cheryl L - Fernley, NV  ·  Feb 08, 2018
This course was helpful in providing avenues to follow for evidence based practice and informative in the importance of using EBP in our every day treatments.
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Jennifer M - Arlington, TX  ·  Jan 19, 2018
good basic knowledge/overview
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Lawrence D - Palm Harbor, FL  ·  Jan 07, 2018
Good course for all to take
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50