EIM’s Evidence-Based Practice: Level II course covers key principles related to diagnosis/differential diagnosis, prognosis and harm, along with their respective critical appraisal criteria and selected details associated with these topics. In addition, key concepts related to research design and statistics are presented along with patient oriented statistical indices from the realm of epidemiology that are inherent to EBP (e.g., NNT, OR, RR etc.). Emphasis is on practical interpretation, understanding, and application when encountering these content areas in the literature and integrating them in the clinical reasoning process.


Rob Wainner, PT, PhD, and Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, developed this course as part two of a two-part series. Evidence-Based Practice: Level II is presented in a modular, web-based, self-paced format using the Moodle Learning Management System. The course is interactive and media-rich to help make the e-learning environment both engaging and convenient for the participant. Using case scenarios, guided tutorials, and journal references, this course will guide participants through the key concepts related to research design, statistics, patient-oriented indices, and other advanced EBP topics. Modular online quizzes are used to reinforce course objectives and assess learning. Successful completion of this course requires a final passing grade of 80% on all learning activities.

Target Audience: This course is open to various healthcare providers including, but not limited to, PTs, PTAs, OTs, and ATCs.

Credits: 20 contact hours from EIM Institutes of Health Professions

EIM Program Applicability: Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship (EIM 201; 1 credit)

Prerequisites: Evidence-Based Practice: Level I is recommended

Appropriate dress: This is an online course.


Upon completing this course, you’ll be able to:

  1. Identify fundamental elements of research design and statistics.
  2. Identify and list common research designs used in clinical research.
  3. Discuss, compare and contrast relevant considerations among various research designs.
  4. Identify commonly used statistical tests and indices.
  5. Discuss key aspects of ‘traditional’ clinical research and design and statistics, in particular as they relate to conducting and interpreting the results of clinical studies.
  6. Identify patient oriented statistical indices from the realm of epidemiology that are inherent to EBP.
  7. Discuss important elements of critical appraisal related to the practice domains of Diagnosis, Prognosis and Harm.
  8. Critically appraise articles dealing with Diagnosis, Prognosis and Harm for validity.
  9. Describe and discuss the integration of course concepts into clinical practice.

And most importantly, be able to apply this stuff to your clinical practice next week!


Required and supplementary articles are listed in each weekly module and can be downloaded from the Moodle Learning Management System.