Online Course
Appraising the Quality of the Knowledge Resources
Learn how to assess research papers and determine the worth of their findings for evidence-based practice

1.5-2 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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The third step in the evidence-based practice model involves critically appraising knowledge resources. It's important to recognise that not all published research studies meet high-quality standards, so clinicians must master the skill of critically assessing research papers. In this course, you will develop and improve your ability to discern the quality of knowledge sources. This will help you make informed decisions in your professional practice.


This course aims to teach participants how to critically appraise the relevant knowledge resources and identify different study designs. It also aims to explore how to read an article.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Videos
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

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 1.5-2 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 1.5 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course 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. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • describe the process and considerations of appraising the quality of knowledge resources
  • identify at least six different research study types
  • summarise the recommended order in which to read a research paper

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Benita Olivier: No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


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