Select Page


TUES 24 OCT // 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Primary Content Focus: Clinical Practice (assessment, diagnosis, treatment, knowledge translation/EBP, implementation science, program development)

The course is open to any interested physicians, therapists, nurses, or other healthcare professionals who seek to learn how to find and interpret evidence to support clinical practice. Participants will demonstrate the ability to utilize PubMed effectively to find published articles from peer-reviewed journals relevant to a specific clinical research question. During this time clinicians will formulate a PICO question and demonstrate the ability to conceptualize their overall research goals. After participants formulate their PICO question they will determine key words to search in PubMed, filter search results, and other valuable features of PubMed. Once articles have been found pertaining to the participants PICO questions and research interests, they will learn how to interpret different types of analyses, including alpha level, p-value, t-tests, ANOVAs, chi-square, regressions, and effect size. Information will be presented to help participants understand basic statistical analysis and levels of evidence for the appropriate interpretation and application of results. The instructors will provide hands-on demonstration time for participants to apply what has been discussed in the course.


  1. Demonstrate the ability to define a searchable clinical or research question and to utilize PubMed to find published articles from peer-reviewed journals relevant to that specific clinical research question
  2. Understand and describe different study designs and their relative contribution to the evidence base for rehabilitation
  3. Differentiate the main components of qualitative versus quantitative research methods
  4. Describe how to interpret results of statistical analyses


Mark Sweatman, PhD
Shepherd Center

Christine Willis, MLIS
Shepherd Center


Mark Sweatman is a skilled researcher and data analyst with over ten years experience collecting, managing, analyzing, and reporting data, as well as managing large NIA grant-funded research projects within long-term care environments. He is well versed in developing metrics for data collection and conducting multiple types of quantitative and qualitative analyses. Dr. Sweatman is trained in community-based field research, including participant observation, quantitative surveying, and qualitative open-ended interviewing. His quantitative analysis experience includes descriptive statistics, bivariate correlations, means comparisons, factor analysis, path analysis, and predictive modeling including OLS regression, logistic regression, and structural equation modeling. His qualitative analysis experience includes Grounded Theory Methodology and ethnography.

Christine Willis, MLIS, is the Director of Knowledge Management & Learning Resources at Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA. She oversees the Noble Learning Resource Center and provides research assistance to clinicians as well as consumer health information for patients and families. Her research interests include health literacy, library services for people with disabilities, and teaching clinicians how to access and assess evidence-based research to be applied in their practice.


ACRM Annual ConferenceProgress in Rehabilitation Research (PIRR#2017)

REGISTER ONLINE HERE or Register by Phone: +1.703.435.5335
ACRM Conference Home Page PROGRAM button REGISTER button
*For the latest programming info, schedule, session and faculty details, and room locations, please see the Searchable Online Program & Scheduler and/or the ACRM App.  Although significant changes are not anticipated, the schedules, sessions, and presenters posted on this website are subject to change.