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Understanding Evidence-Based Therapy: Must Know Concepts and Application
(or Everything You Need for Research is at your Fingertips) 

Saturday March 25, 2017

Presenter:  Brigani G. Amante, PT​, MD

Contact Hours:  8

Course Location / Hours:  Seattle-Area (Lynnwood), WA / 8 am-5:30 pm

Registration:  $165 prior to March 19, 2017 and $225 on or after March 20, 2017

Who should attend?:  This 1 day course is appropriate for Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Speech Therapists, Chiropractors, Naturopaths, Physical Therapists, and Physical Therapy Assistants.  All levels of experience are welc​​ome.  We are an approved CE provider by the WA State Licensing Board for OT/COTA's, SLP, DC, and PT/PTA's.

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Seattle-Area (Lynnwood), WA

Saturday March 25, 2017

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Course Description

This course provides a simple, consistent and efficient 5-step process that will help the healthcare provider to come up with the best answer to his/her clinical question in under 10 minutes.  Research online is necessary in our current healthcare environment, both for the treating professional and the patient.  Easily navigating large publishing systems and finding your specific needs is an important skill for evidence-based practice patient care.  Beware!  You may catch Dr. Briggs' contagious enthusiasm for learning before the first break in the schedule!

Learning Outcomes

1.      Define the elements of evidence-based practice in the context of Rehabilitation Sciences.

2.      Discuss the 5 steps in answering a clinical question and explain the rationale for each step.

3.      Determine the best treatment option/s, using the 5 steps, and apply them to achieve excellent patient care.

4.    Discuss evidence-base rehabilitation approaches for common orthopedic problems, screening for dysphagia,  early mobilization in acute stroke, early mobilization in acute deep venous thrombosis, fall risk, chronic kidney  disease, & patients on dialysis.

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Instructional Methods

Lectures and labs.  Bring a mobile device, laptop, or tablet for ease of exploring online resources.

Course ​​Schedule:

7:30-8:00     Registration

8:00-9:00     Introduction

                   Clinical Scenario #1: Chronic Knee Pain​

9:00-9:20     Key Concepts of Evidence-Based Practice  

9:20-9:30     Break​​​

9:30​-10:55  ​ The 5-Step Approach in Answering a Clinical Question

         ​​          Clinical Scenario #2: Right Shoulder Pain

                   Quality Appraisal Tools & Intention-to-Treat Analysis​

10:55-11:00 ​​Break

11:00-12:15 Understanding Statistical Tests and Relevance in Clinical Care

                   Clinical Scenario #3: Exercise & Physical Modalities

                    Evidence-Based Screening and Diagnostic Testing in Rehabilitation 

12:15-13:00  Lunch

13:0​0-14:00  Workshop 1 - Orientation to Therapy-Related Research Databases

                    Systematic Approach to Finding Appropriate Databases

​14:00-14:50  Workshop 2 - Utilizing Research Databases to Answer a Clinical Question

                    Finding the Best Answer to your Clinical Question in 5-10 minutes

14:50-15:00 Break

15:00-16:00  Clinical Scenario # 4: Bedside screening of Dysphagia

                    Clinical Scenario # 5: Mobilization in Acute Lower Extremity DVT

                    Clinical Scenario # 6: Mobilization in Acute Stroke

                    Clinical Scenario # 7: Fall Risk Evaluation and Management​​

16:00-16:45 Evidenced Based Rehabilitation - Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis

16:45-17:10  Summary/Conclusion/Adjourn​


Presenter:  Brigani G. Amante, PT​, MD

Brigani “Briggs” G. Amante, PT, MD  is a physical therapist, a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and a Fellow in Nephrology at the University of Colorado Hospital.  As an avid practitioner of evidence-based medicine, Briggs has remained passionate in the education of rehabilitation professionals, physicians, and other healthcare team members on how to efficiently incorporate the best evidence in their clinical practice. His pioneering work on “5-Steps In Answering A Clinical Question,” is one of the highlights of this course, and has revolutionized and simplified the process of determining the best screening/diagnostic tests and/or treatment option/s for patients.  His knowledge, style of teaching, unique perspectives as a physician and a physical therapist, as well as passion for evidence-based therapy, is refreshing and contagious!

Comments from prior courses:
  • "​​​Great presentation with a speaker who knows the ropes when it comes to pinpointing specific answers to evidence-based medicine questions of you and your patient"
  • "Very well done.  Please present again so more can benefit from your approach"
  • "Very informative!! You should make a book entitled "Evidence Base Practice for Dummies."" (PTNW's personal favorite)
  • "Excellent presentation, visual aids – Good work Briggs"