Practical Evidence-Based Practice: Applying the Evidence to Your Patients - SW47

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

by David Vernier, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
(4.0 / 36 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Social Work (1.00 CE ClockHr)

Price: $10.00
CE-PRO Price: $5.00


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.
Social Workers: 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.
OnCourse Learning, provider # 1203, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. OnCourse Learning maintains responsibility for the program. Approval Period: February 15, 2010 to February 15, 2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling (provider # FBN 50-1489).
OnCourse Learning, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0401. This approval is for a three-year term beginning August 1, 2016 and ending July 31, 2019.
Social workers participating in this course will receive 1.0 general social work continuing education clock hours.
OnCourse Learning maintains responsibility for the program.
Course delivery format: Online Self-Study
Social Workers
Social Work Practice Levels: All levels
Course Completion Requirements and Awarding Certificate
After reading the presentation, complete the course test online. With a score of 75% or better and completing the evaluation, you may immediately print your CE certificate of completion or save a pdf of it for your records. You may also request a copy to be sent to you by mail. If your score is less than the passing score of 75%, you may retake the test. In the event of loss, there is no charge for a replacement copy of a CE certificate.
Jurisdictional Requirements
Continuing education licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. We recommend you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. To review state specific/jurisdictional continuing education requirements, click here.
Accommodations for Disabilities
Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodation; please contact the CE office at (800) 866-0919.
Grievance Procedure
OnCourse Learning is committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with accreditation agencies and boards. OnCourse Learning will comply with all responsibilities to be nondiscriminatory in activities, program content, and in treatment of participants. The monitoring and assessment of compliance with these standards will be the responsibility of the Executive Vice President, OnCourse Learning, Global Programming, and members of the continuing education division.
While OnCourse Learning attempts to assure fair treatment of all participants, we recognize grievances that may require intervention. Grievances are handled in the following manner:
When a participant, either orally or in written format, files a grievance, the Executive Vice President, OnCourse Learning, Global Programming, will evaluate the nature of the complaint. If it is meritorious, the Executive Vice President, OnCourse Learning, Global Programming, will instruct the staff to implement any necessary changes in the course. The complainant will receive a response from the Executive Vice President, OnCourse Learning, Global Programming, or designated staff within 5 working days.
You may file a complaint by telephone or email.
Telephone #: 800.866.0919

Course Originally Released on: 2/18/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/18/2013
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/18/2016

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.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


For Florida professionals:

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Sonia P - Ligonier, PA  ·  Apr 12, 2017
interesting to rw read more about this
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Dawn M - Willow Grove, PA  ·  Feb 06, 2017
This was a clear a concise refresher of all of my research classes from grad school. It made me cringe a little at first, but it came back to me.
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William L - San Francisco, CA  ·  Jan 21, 2017
This course was listed for social workers, but it pertains largely to physical therapy.
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Jaqueline F - Baltimore, MD  ·  May 21, 2016
This course information is useful.
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Carrie P - Cheyenne, WY  ·  Apr 27, 2016
This is very new information to me. I have learned about research and eveidebnce based practive but there was new info here for me.
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Price: $10.00
CE-PRO Price: $5.00