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Rehabilitation Research Boot Camp: Understanding Research Methodology

presented by Chad Cook

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How do practicing clinicians provide evidence based medicine if there is a lack of knowledge on understanding and interpreting the credibility and transferability of published research? This course provides a description of evidence based medicine, reasons for studying evidence, benefits and limitations, study designs and levels of evidence, critical design elements of a study, ingredients for impactful research and internal and external validity. Understanding the different levels of design, bias, and internal and external validity has the power to influence clinical practice.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Chad Cook, PT, PhD, MBA, FAPTA, FAAOMPT

    Chad Cook, PT, PhD, MBA, FAPTA, FAAOMPT is professor at Duke University, the program director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy division with a category A appointment in the Duke Clinical Research Institute. He is a clinical researcher, physical therapist, and profession advocate with a long-term history of clinical care excellence and service and 19 years of academic experience. His passions include refining and improving the patient examination process and validating tools used in day-to-day physical therapist practice. He received his BS in Physical Therapy from Maryville University (St. Louis) in 1990 and PhD (2003) from Texas Tech University. Dr. Cook received fellowship status at the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapy in 2006. He is a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Cook has published over 250 peer reviewed papers and has keynoted in 6 continents and numerous countries. He has two textbooks in their 2nd edition and a third textbook in its first edition. Dr. Cook has a long-standing history of service roles as an editor-in-chief or associate/special topics editor for multiple journals including JOSPT and BJSM. Dr. Cook has won numerous awards locally at Duke for teaching, is the 2009 Baethke-Carlin award winner for the American Physical Therapy Association, is the 2008 recipient of the Helen Bradley career achievement award, and is the 2005 winner of the J Warren Perry Distinguished Authorship Award. Dr. Cook was the Pauline Cerasoli Lecturer in 2017. In addition, Dr. Cook is also the 2011 winner and was the 2012 and 2013 co-winner of the AAOMPT Excellence in Research Award.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Why Study Research Methodology?

    1. Why Study Research Methodology?

    Chapter one offers a breakdown of the certification program and the purpose of studying research methodology. We will discuss government-based initiatives, changing funding patterns, specific interventions and techniques as well as interpretation and misinformation of interventions.

  2. Evidence

    2. Evidence

    Chapter two discusses history and offers clarification of evidence based medicine. This module also describes the key characteristics of evidence based medicine, the purpose of studying evidence and limitations of evidenced based practice.

  3. Design Hierarchy

    3. Design Hierarchy

    Chapter three discusses the hierarchy of evidence and how the design of a study dictates the purpose. The module also discusses the evidence pyramid: 1) editorial, expert opinion, 2) case series, case reports, 3) case-control studies, 4) cohort studies, 5) randomized controlled trials, 6) systematic reviews.

  4. Levels of Evidence

    4. Levels of Evidence

    Chapter four discusses how to sort conflicting evidence and look beyond the hierarchy of evidence pyramid to the five levels of evidence. The module outlines the five levels of evidence and how the evidence is useful to practicing clinicians.

  5. What to Look for in a Well-Designed Study

    5. What to Look for in a Well-Designed Study

    Chapter five discusses the elements of a research study considering IMRaD: 1) introduction, 2) methods, 3) results, 4) discussion. The module will also discuss the conclusion of a study describing the most pertinent findings.

  6. Ingredients of Impactful Research

    6. Ingredients of Impactful Research

    Chapter six discusses how research impacts practice and how to evaluate the impact factor of a study. The module also discusses H Index, I10 Index, effect size, total number of citations, altmetric scores, and funding.

  7. Summary

    7. Summary

    Chapter 7 discusses salient points, provides additional readings and suggests takeaway knowledge.