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Journal Club: Knowledge-to-Action: Moving Differential Diagnosis-Related Clinical Research Into Practice

This innovative continuing education program is designed to help physical therapists implement evidence into practice. Current clinical research in physical

This innovative continuing education program is designed to help physical therapists implement evidence into practice.  Current clinical research in physical therapy will be reviewed in detail and used as a model to translate new knowledge into clinician behavior change. The emphasis will be on research focused on differential diagnosis for physical therapists. The program is divided into five separate sessions and includes ongoing supported clinical implementation of course information. Participants will learn and apply concepts related to differential diagnosis, and strategies to gather and analyze knowledge relevant to clinical practice needs. The course will include specific recommendations for translation of this knowledge into daily clinical practice. The first course session will focus on key terms and concepts related to differential diagnosis for physical therapists. All course sessions will be interactive and include case-based discussions on successes and challenges related to knowledge-to-action. In order to enhance and support learning, participants will be required to complete readings and brief assignments prior to each session.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this course participants will be able to:

  1. Define and apply key terminology and concepts related to differential diagnosis for physical therapists.
  2. Systematically gather, analyze, and apply information to improve clinical practice through:
    1. database searching
    2. article analysis
    3. knowledge to action strategies
  3. Critically review five physical therapy clinical research articles focused on differential diagnosis
  4. Integrate information from these five research articles into clinical practice for self and colleagues
  5. Analyze the effectiveness of the knowledge-to-action plan and modify as appropriate

Note: This course will provide 8 Direct Access CEU credits (note: awaiting PA State Board Approval For This). Participants must attend and participate in all sessions and successfully complete all course assignments in order to receive the 10 CEU credits. Participants who miss any sessions and/or do not complete any of the assignments will have their CEU credits adjusted accordingly.

Five separate 1-hour sessions (four remaining)with an article and accompanying worksheet focused on differential diagnosis. Dates are as follows (all Thursdays from 4-5:00 pm eastern time):

February 29, April 11, June 13, August 15, October 17

Note: Additional Sessions have been added on Mondays from 7-8:00 pm eastern time: April 15, June 17, August 12, and October 28

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