39196 - Methodologies for Clinical Research (BO)

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Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

After completing this module the student will have knowledge of the aims and methods of evidence-based practice, he will have the ability to apply knowledge and understanding in relation to the formulation of clinical questions, conducting literature searches and developing research protocols in physiotherapy.

Course contents

1.Practice based on evidence of efficacy (EBP) in Physiotherapy

The evidence pyramid

The search question (PICOM)

The scanning and searching in the databases of:


systematic reviews


Internal and external validity

Statistical measures

Pedro score



Critical Appraisal Topics

2. Research Methodology


Observational studies

Case series, single case studies and case reports

Experts' opinions

Systematic reviews and meta-analyzes


The Ethics Committee and patient involvement in researc


1.Paolo Chiari, Daniela Mosci, Enrico Naldi, Centro Studi EBN

Evidence-BasedClinicalPracticeLa pratica clinico-assistenzialebasata su prove di efficacia. 2/ed

The McGraw-Hill Companies Publishing Group Italia, Milano 2011

2.Elizabeth Domholdt

Rehabilitation Research: Principles And Applications.

Elsevier Saunders, 2005

Teaching methods

Frontal lessons and PBL exercises individual or in team practices, using the PC and Internet.

Assessment methods

Test with multiple-choice quiz (30 questions + 1 question with open answer).

During the test is not allowed the use of support material such as handouts or notes.

Teaching tools

PC (with internet connection) and video-projector.

Office hours

See the website of Adriana Semprini