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Online: Professionalism Module 8: Evidence-Based Practice in the Real World
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Author(s): Lisa L Culver, PT, DPT, MBA; Matthew Elrod, PT, DPT, MEd, NCS; Gini Blodgett Birchett, MSLS; David Scalzitti, PT, PhD, OCS

Price: $33.60 Member | $48 Nonmember (price subject to change)
CEU: 0.2 CEUs (2.0 contact hours/CCUs) will be awarded upon successful completion of a multiple choice test. You must complete the online posttest with at least 70% accuracy in order to claim CEU credit.
Publication Date: December 2011


Overview | Objectives | Presenters Bios | CEU Information | System Requirements

In 2006, APTA developed Vision 2020. The Vision states that "physical therapists and physical therapist assistants will render evidence-based services throughout the continuum of care and improve quality of life for society."

This module is a tool to increase your use of evidence-based practice and underscores the importance that APTA ascribes to this issue.

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After completing this module, you will be able to:

  1. List the components of evidence-based practice (EBP).
  2. Discuss the importance of EBP in improving patient care.
  3. Identify the components of an answerable, patient-oriented clinical question.
  4. Describe the process of formulating questions and search terms to find relevant articles.
  5. Apply search strategies to identify relevant research.
  6. Use a structured method to judge the quality of a research article.
  7. Describe the application of EBP in the management of a patient/client.
  8. List resources available to help with the application of evidence-based practice.

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Presenter(s) Bios
Lisa L Culver, PT, DPT, MBA
Culver has been Associate Director in the Department of Practice at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) since 1993 where she assists in national physical therapy policy development and policy advocacy to members, other policy makers, and the public. She has been involved in the development of the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice since its first publication in 1995 and has taken key roles in various components of its development and revisions. She is currently on the Editorial Board of AON Risk Advisor and has served as Staff Liaison to JCAHO Professional and Technical Advisory Committees.

Culver's prior experience includes management of both physical therapy services and of multidisciplinary rehabilitation settings. Her current responsibilities focus on the APTA initiative "Physical Fitness for Special Populations." She has published on the topic: Culver L. Physical fitness for special populations. PT--Magazine of Physical Therapy. 2006;14(10); 70-72. and also presented on this topic at the 2006 CDC Diabetes Conference along with many national Association presentations. Culver received her Bachelor of Science in physical therapy in 1977 from Indiana University and her Master of Business Administration in 1989 from George Mason University and her doctorate in physical therapy in Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in 2007.


Matthew Elrod, PT, DPT, MEd, NCS
Elrod is presently an Associate Director in the Practice Department of the American Physical Therapy Association. In this position, he provides consultation to other APTA departments and members; liaisons with various external organizations; and contributes to policy development to advance the practice of physical therapy. This includes developing member resource in evidence based practice, ICD10 transition, and adoption of electronic health records.

Elrod has over 15 years experience working in the field of Physical Therapy. He earned his Physical Therapy degree from the Medical University of South Carolina; his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Marymount University; and Masters of Education from the Citadel in Exercise Physiology. He has worked as a physical therapist in acute care, acute rehabilitation, and as an owner of an outpatient private practice. He is an APTA Board Certified Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy. He has served as a reviewer for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities' accreditation criteria for SCI Units; a member of the Physical Therapy Subject Matter Expert Committee for the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy; an expert reviewer for the Consortium for Spinal Cord Injury Medicine's ?Spinal Cord Injury and Pressure Sore Clinical Guidelines; and a peer reviewer for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's ?The Management of Chronic Central Neuropathic Pain Following Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury in Adults and Adolescents. He has been an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association both at the local and national levels where he served as the component President for the District of Columbia.


Gini Blodgett Birchett, MSLS

Birchett is the Director of Information Resources of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), a position she accepted in January 2002. Gini has conducted research online and extensively by hand for a variety of organizations covering news, legal, association, and health care arenas. As APTA's library and archive manager, she assists staff in tracking down the answers to reference questions, as well as offers searching tips to staff and members for more productive results. Gini is the project developer and manager of Open Door: APTA's Portal to Evidence-Based Practice, and has worked on several APTA information projects including Hooked on Evidence, the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice: Catalog of Tests and Measures, updated the searching chapter of a case study book, and more. Take her classes at APTA's Combined Sections Meeting and Annual Conferences to learn about literature database features that save you time, plus talk with APTA's librarian one-on-one to refine your searching skills.

Birchett received her Bachelor of Arts degree from George Washington University in 1982 and a Masters of Science in Library Science from the Catholic University of America in 1994. She is active in the Washington DC Chapter of the Special Libraries Association, and is President-elect of the Health Association Libraries Section for the Medical Library Association.

David Scalzitti, PT, PhD, OCS
Scalzitti joined the staff of the Research Department of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in 2002 with the primary responsibility for managing Hooked on Evidence on a day-to-day basis and has overseen the growth of the resource.  Scalzitti is also an adjunct faculty member at George Washington University where he is responsible for the Research Methods I and II courses. He is a frequent guest lecturer on evidence-based practice at a number of physical therapy education programs and presenter at APTA meetings. He has a strong background in evidence-based practice and clinical guideline development, topics on which he has published in Physical Therapy and PT Magazine. Scalzitti has served on the editorial advisory committee for the Evidence in Practice and the Linking Evidence and Practice features for Physical Therapy.

Scalzitti received his Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy in 1987, a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology in 1994 and a PhD in Disability Studies in 2008 all from the University of Illinois at Chicago. As a physical therapist, David has practiced in hospital and outpatient settings.

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CEU Information

On successful completion of the examination, 0.2 CEUs (2.0 contact hours/CCUs) and a certificate of completion will be awarded. The American Physical Therapy Association has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102. Provider (#380). You must complete the online posttest with at least 70% accuracy in order to claim CEU credit.

Many state agencies recognize APTA as a recognized or approved provider for continuing education. The following state agencies have granted prior approval for this continuing education offering:

  • California Physical Therapy Association: CPTA2014-2015
  • Nevada Board of Physical Therapy Examiners: 0.2 Units
  • Ohio State Board of Physical Therapy: 15S0162
  • Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure & Supervision: 2 Category B Hours
  • Pennsylvania: Approved - 2 GEN
  • Texas Physical Therapy Association: 1609016TX

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System Requirements

Online Course: This course consists of a narrated PowerPoint® presentation, interactive knowledge checks, and a posttest.
Computer System Requirements


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