Online Course
Applied Evidence Based Practice Programme
Become an efficient and critical consumer of research

14-17 hours





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Benita Olivier
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Prof. Olivier is a physiotherapist and researcher who focuses on sports injury risk reduction and research capacity development

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Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems

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Evidence-based practice in rehabilitation aims to integrate the best available research evidence with clinical expertise and the patient’s clinical state, circumstances, values and preferences. Clinicians use evidence-based practice to improve the quality, safety and effectiveness of the services they provide. This programme of courses emphasises the skills needed to synthesise evidence sources as they emerge and apply this knowledge to patient care. The courses within this programme cover five primary areas of evidence-based practice, including (1) creating a clinical question, (2) finding the evidence, (3) critically appraising the evidence, (4) applying the evidence, and (5) evaluating the outcomes/performance.


This programme aims to create clinicians who are efficient and critical consumers of published evidence and understand how to balance evidence with patients’ preferences and clinical expertise. It aims to develop lifelong learners who possess the knowledge, skill-set and tools required to keep current with the ever-expanding body of knowledge in rehabilitation.


This programme will cover the following topics:

  1. Introduction and Overview of Evidence Based Practice
  2. Defining the Evidence Based Practice Decision Making Model
  3. Evidence Based Practice and Patient Needs
  4. Locating the Knowledge Resources in Evidence Based Practice
  5. Appraising the Quality of the Knowledge Resources
  6. Formulating and Implementing the Treatment Plan and Evaluation
  7. Using Evidence Based Practice to Decide on an Outcome Measure
  8. Practical Examples of Evidence Based Practice

Target audience

This course is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, Nurses or Medical Doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


  • Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.
  • Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 14-17 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
  • Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.
  • Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 14.4 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this programme of courses and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Complete each of the required courses
  5. Submit a written assignment that passes the assessment criteria.
  6. Complete a course evaluation form.

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Benita Olivier: No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


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