39196 - Methodologies for Clinical Research (IM)

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Good health and well-being Quality education

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module the student has the knowledge of aims and methods of practice based on evidence of effectiveness, has the ability to apply knowledge and understanding in relation to the formulation of clinical questions, the conduct of bibliographic research and the development of research protocols in physiotherapy.

Course contents

1. EBP definition and formulation of the clinical question through the acronym PICO
2. Search strategies in the main databases:
Pyramid of evidence
Pubmed, Pedro, Cochrane Library, Trip database, guidelines database
Structure of the scientific article
3. Critical evaluation of the evidence:
Rating scales
Internal and external validity of studies
Data analysis and statistical measures
Risk indices
4. Application of the results to the individual patient
Types of studies
1. Primary studies
2. Secondary studies
Systematic Review


Scoping Review

Mention about Metasintesi, HTA and Network Metanalisi
Ethics committee, informed consent and data processing


Chiari P., Mosci D., Naldi E. Evidence based clinical practice - La pratica clinico assistenziale basata su prove di efficacia, 2011 McGraw-Hill – 2° edizione

Pomponio G., Calosso A., EBM e metodologia della ricerca per le professioni sanitarie, 2005,Edizioni Medico-Scientifiche, Torino.

Attena F., Epidemiologia e valutazione degli interventi sanitari. 2004, Piccin, Padova.


Teaching methods

Lessons with practical exercises on the PC

Assessment methods

The exam at the end of the course expected the achievement of the educational objectives of both theoretical knowledge and practical skills and the test expected a mark out of thirty.

The first part expected a practical evaluation of 2 hours carrying out, on the basis of the formulation of a question, a search path of an article on the main databases learned during the practical lessons on the PC and assessing its methodological quality.

The second part consists of an oral test, concerning the selected article, referring to the theoretical lessons of the research methodology.

Teaching tools

PC workstations with connection.

Office hours

See the website of Deborah Deserri