Spring Meeting Instructional Course with Ron Seel and colleagues

12 – 13 APR 2019 (Day/Time TBD)
HILTON CHICAGO, 720 S. Michigan Ave
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Earn up to 7.5 hours of CME/CEUs



Limited capacity — REGISTER EARLY

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 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).

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the principles of EBP, systematic review of evidence, and how these apply to the everyday practice of rehabilitation
  2. Analyze published articles that address therapeutic questions, assessing their accuracy and scientific rigor
  3. Synthesize the evidence from available studies with a focus on low-bias properly statistically analyzed research
  4. Make appropriate evidence-based clinical decisions on the selection of treatments based on evaluated research
  5. Reduce making clinical decisions based on studies with very high bias and/or misuse of statistical procedures



Ron SeelRonald T. Seel, PhD, FACRM
Chair, ACRM Evidence and Practice Committee
Executive Director, CERSE
Virginia Commonwealth University




Continuing education hours will be offered for the following professionals:

  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists (California Only)
  • Speech-Language Professionals (ASHA)
  • Psychologists (APA)
  • Physicians (ACCME)



  • Live instruction
  • Access to presentation slides
  • CME/CEUs
  • 6-months introductory ACRM membership (for non-members)



*Although significant changes are not anticipated, all schedules and presenters posted on this website are subject to change.