Ron Seel

Ronald Seel, PhD, FACRM
Executive Director, CERSE
Virginia Commonwealth University

Gary Gronseth, MD Professor and Chairman, Neurology University of Kansas Medical Center

Gary Gronseth, MD
Professor and Chairman, Neurology
University of Kansas Medical Center


Developing High Quality Practice Guidelines IC6


DAY Friday 12 April 2019

TIME 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Lunchbreak 1:00 PM – 2:00PM)

FORMAT 8-hours Instructional course, Hands-on Workshop

ROOM LOCATION  to be determined

TOPIC AREAS Clinical Practice, Athlete Development & Sports Rehabilitation, Brain Injury, Cancer Rehabilitation, Complementary Integrative Rehabilitation Medicine, Geriatric Rehabil

CAREER LEVEL  Intermediate



Any discipline interested in conducting a systematic review and practice guideline.


Course Description

This 8 hour workshop, “Developing High Quality Practice Guidelines“, addresses how to systematically review research evidence and develop practice guidelines. This course would be co-hosted by the American Academy of Neurology Guideline Development, Dissemination, and Implementation Committee and the ACRM Evidence and Practice Committee. The primary focus of this course is to present “how to” information that will help clinicians and researchers to evaluate rehabilitation studies and synthesize this evidence into clinical practice guidelines. A primary aim of this course is to de-mystify evidence-based practice (EBP) concepts 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).
In this workshop, a series of short didactic presentations will each be followed by a small group exercise. We anticipate that attendees would include active ACRM practice guideline development panels who could obtain hands on training applicable to their systematic reviews and guidelines being developed. Non-guideline panel participants will be assigned to existing groups or separate groups, 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 EBM(/Systematic Review/Guideline Development) process including: (a) formulating evidence-answerable questions; (b) efficiently searching the literature to find high quality evidence; (c) assessing studies’ risk of bias; (d) interpreting studies’ results for significant and clinically meaningful effects; (e) synthesizing the results of multiple studies; and, (f) using evidence along with other considerations  to make patient-centered decisions.
To illustrate EBP concepts, participants will review the research evidence pertinent to a current intervention topic, which will be taken from a practice guideline currently being developed by ACRM members. The results of the course participants’ deliberations will inform the final practice guideline. The contributions of the participants to the guideline’s development will be acknowledged in an appendix accompanying the published guideline. Although participants will learn EBP processes that are specific to the development of a practice guideline using the AAN guideline development process, the concepts that will be reviewed will be applicable to everyday clinical practice. 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.



Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to:

  1. Analyze published articles that address therapeutic questions, assessing their accuracy and scientific rigor
  2. Synthesize the evidence from available studies with a focus on low-bias properly statistically analyzed research
  3. Make appropriate evidence-based clinical decisions on the selection of treatments based on evaluated research
  4. Reduce making clinical decisions based on studies with very high bias and/or misuse of statistical procedures
  5. Increase comfort and confidence developing clinical research questions, evaluating and synthesizing findings, and making evidence-based clinical determinations in everyday practice and formal practice guidelines


CME/CEUS 8 Hours

ACRM Training Institute registration includes CME/CEUs for the following disciplines:

  • Case Managers (CCMC)
  • Disability Management Specialists (CDMS)
  • Healthcare Executives (ACHE)
  • Nurses (ANCC)
  • Occupational Therapists (AOTA)
  • Physical Therapists (FSBPT-24 states)
  • Physicians (ACCME-CME)
  • Psychologists (APA Division 22)
  • Rehabilitation Counselors (CRCC)
  • Social Workers (NASW)
  • Speech Therapists (ASHA)


8 hours of live instruction, continuing education credit processing, access to presentation slides (if provided by presenters), NON-ACRM members receive introductory 6- month membership.



Early Bird rate $99 for members and $149 for non-members      and that includes CME / CEU processing. See the rate tables here.

We encourage you to register early      before tickets are gone. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Limited space available


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Discounted for ACRM members, the ACRM Spring Meeting offers instructional courses with continuing education credits in your choice of up to 11 disciplines.

Jump in, get involved, meet and work with ACRM members face-to-face in a casual setting. This event is all about getting research into practice in a supercharged atmosphere and a friendly, collaborative, and inspiring environment.


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The ACRM Spring Meeting is a venue for face-to-face collaborating of many interdisciplinary ACRM community groups and committees — the heart of ACRM. Come find your tribe and become a member of the vibrant ACRM community.


Ridiculously inexpensive? Yep. That’s because we believe in getting the research to practice ASAP. And we think that having a low-cost to attend is a good way to do that.

Early Bird rates are as low as $49 for members and $99 for non-members — and that includes CME / CEU processing. Are you kidding me?!? Nope. See the rate tables here.

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