Evaluating Evidence for Practice Guidelines


"Evaluating Evidence for Practice Guidelines"


12 - 14 April 2018 // Exact day, time and room location TBD
Hilton Anatole, Dallas, Texas

Registration to this hands-on workshop is limited to 40 participants on a first come, first served basis.

This course is co-sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology Guideline Development, Dissemination, and Implementation Committee and the ACRM Evidence and Practice Committee.

<<< “THIS was THE BEST 4-hour course I’ve ever had. So well presented, so usable —Joseph Giacino, Phd; Director of Rehabilitation Neuropsychology, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Charlestown, Massachusetts


Ron SeelRonald T. Seel, PhD, FACRM
Chair, ACRM Evidence and Practice Committee
Director, Brain Injury Research, Crawford Research Institute
Shepherd Center, Atlanta, GA

This 8-hour instructional course will address a critical issue for the rehabilitation field—how to systematically review research evidence efficiently to derive high quality clinical recommendations that improve patients’ quality of care and outcomes.

The primary focus is to present “how to” information that will help clinicians, researchers and practice guideline developers to evaluate rehabilitation studies and synthesize this into evidence for to inform everyday clinical practice and the development of practice guidelines. We will address core issues and methodological considerations when evaluating rehabilitation interventions, and translating evidence into clinical decisions or recommendations. A primary aim of this course is to de-mystify evidence-based practice (EBP) and equip participants with the knowledge and tools needed to translate evidence (e.g., a published article, a research presentation, or clinical trial data) into action (e.g., choosing and recommending/implementing a specific intervention).

This instructional course will minimize traditional didactic presentations. Instead, participants will primarily work in small groups on exercises that apply new knowledge and problem-solving to real world evaluations and translation of research evidence using a peer instruction model. The course will consist of a series of short didactic presentations each followed by a small group exercise.

Each participant will be assigned to a small group, which will be led by a course faculty member with expertise in EBP. Each faculty-mentored group will complete exercises illustrating specific steps in the EBP/Systematic Review/Guideline Development process including:

  1. formulating evidence-answerable questions
  2. efficiently searching the literature to find high quality evidence
  3. assessing studies’ risk of bias
  4. interpreting studies’ results for significant and clinically meaningful effects
  5. synthesizing the results of multiple studies
  6. using evidence along with other considerations to make patient-centered decisions.

The EBP concepts that will be reviewed in this course will be applied to active systematic review and practice guideline development topics. To illustrate EBP concepts, participants will review the research evidence pertinent to a current intervention topic, which will be taken from a practice guideline(s) currently being developed by ACRM members. The results of the course participants’ deliberations may inform practice guideline(s).

Participants should come to the course with a laptop computer with the ability to connect to the internet wirelessly. Wireless internet access will be provided throughout the course. The laptop should also have a USB port.