Online Course
Introduction and Overview of Evidence Based Practice
Gain the knowledge and skills to deliver optimal evidence-based care

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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Evidence-based practice in rehabilitation strives to integrate the best available research evidence with the patient’s clinical state, circumstances, values and preferences. Clinical expertise is the golden thread that brings all of this together, allowing rehabilitation professionals to guide the decision-making process for the best possible outcome. Through critical evaluation of the latest research in combination with the clinician’s skills and a patient-centred approach, evidence-based practice aims to improve the quality, safety and effectiveness of rehabilitation services. This approach leads to better patient outcomes and cultivates a continuous learning culture in rehabilitation professionals.


This course aims to introduce evidence-based practice and its importance in healthcare.


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:

  • classify evidence-based practice according to its definition, importance, goals, application and most common criticisms
  • compare two evidence-based practice models, Sackett et al. and Haynes et al., and their specific domains

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.

Featured reviews
The understanding acquired from the course has not solely augmented my admiration for techniques founded on evidence. Still, it has also driven me to maintain exceptional standards in my professional pursuits. I sincerely believe that individuals seeking enhanced skills, prudent decision-making, and promotion of top-tier healthcare practices must entrust themselves to these courses.
The course is informative. It introduces the basics of applying evidence-based practice to clinical settings. It is a must-read, especially for physiotherapists.
I cannot wait to share this with my students!
Maybelle Anne Zamora