Online Course
Evidence Based Practice and Patient Needs
Formulate a clinical question based on the needs of the patient

1-1.5 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 first step of the Evidence-Based Practice Model involves evaluating the patient and understanding the full scope of their condition, as well as considering their context, beliefs, values and preferences. This phase corresponds to the “Ask” component of evidence-based practice. Throughout this course, the various aspects of assessment will be explored, and we will learn how to incorporate the PICOT clinical question to steer evidence-based practice decisions.


This course aims to explore the different aspects of assessment and how the PICOT clinical question can be applied to guide evidence-based practice.


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

  1. Video
  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 1-1.5 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 1.1 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:

  • discuss important interview principles to be applied as part of evidence-based practice
  • describe the patient interview, focusing on communication and building trust
  • choose the correct components of PICOT clinical questions and the appropriate clinical question based on case scenarios

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Benita Olivier: No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.