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Course Overview

Use of evidence-informed practice is essential to ensure optimal physical therapist practice. In order to assess the relevance of research literature, clinicians should have a thorough understanding of how to interpret statistics related to tests and measures. Clinicians are expected to understand and apply evidence to patient care. This requires the ability to interpret and evaluate results from research articles and apply this information to clinical practice.
Appraisal of elements of reliability, validity, and diagnostic accuracy allow the clinician to select and administer the most effective and efficient examination techniques. Additionally, the clinician must be able to recognize values related to measurement error and clinically meaningful change to monitor progress and treatment effectiveness.

About the Course Author

Alyssa LaForme Fiss, PT, PhD, PCS is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Mercer University in Atlanta, GA, where she teaches the pediatric and research curriculum. She received her Bachelors and Masters in Physical Therapy from The Ohio State University and completed her Doctoral studies in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Fiss has conducted research on the use of group intervention in pediatric physical therapy and the use of sensorimotor groups for young children with disabilities. She also participates in multi-site research examining determinants of movement and participation in life activities of young children with cerebral palsy. Alyssa LaForme Fiss, PT, PhD, PCS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (4 Match)

  • Illinois Division of Professional Regulation of Physical Therapists


    Relias LLC is an Illinois Physical Therapy Continuing Education Sponsor, number 216.000290. This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours.
  • Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners


    This course meets the basic criteria of the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEUs.
  • New Jersey State Board of Physical Therapy


    This course was approved by the New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. Approval #: 2007-11. This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours.
  • Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners


    This course has been approved by the Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours.

Course Details
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    Online Course
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Apply statistical values of diagnostic accuracy, including sensitivity, specificity, and likelihood ratios.; Differentiate change in a measurement that represents true difference from change that represents error.; Interpret the more common statistical values of reliability. ; List the types of internal and external validity.
  • Outline:

    Section 1: Introduction
    About This Course
    Learning Objectives
    Section 2: Background
    Clinical Scenarios
    Section 3: Tests and Measures
    Measurement Levels
    Diagnostic Accuracy
    Sensitivity and Specificity Applied
    Likelihood Ratios
    Interpretation of Change
    Section 4: Conclusion
    Course Contributor
    Exam and BrainSparks
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Physical Therapists; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
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  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.