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Digital Seminar

Interpreting Evidence: An Innovative 5-Step Approach for Clinical Application

Brigani "Briggs" G. Amante, PT, MD
Full Day
Audio and Video
May 05, 2017
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You NEVER have to experience that feeling of uncertainty again…

  • Find the BEST evidence-based answer to your clinical question in just 5 minutes
  • Analyze effective quality appraisal tools & intention-to-treat
  • Understand statistical tests - and relevance within clinical practice
  • Confidently explain your treatment decisions to other members of the medical team
  • Practice new research skills using a variety of clinical scenarios - bring your laptop/tablet!
  • Develop a systematic approach to choose the most appropriate database

With a growing body of scientific literature, you face complex challenges in finding and interpreting the appropriate research data in a busy clinical setting. This one-day course will walk you through a simple, consistent, and efficient 5-step process to effectively locate the best evidence-based answer to a clinical question, in under 10 minutes. Incorporating the best evidence in clinical practice enables cost-effective care, improves reimbursement of treatments provided (especially from Medicare) and, most importantly, leads to the best patient care outcomes. To implement evidence-based practice, you need to have a strategy in place to minimize the time involved in literature searching for clinical questions that arise, so that productivity standards in the workplace can be maintained.

The course accentuates a 5-step methodology of effectively crafting a clinical question, selecting the best database, assessing the applicability of the evidence to the patient, interpreting various statistical tests, and understanding the quality of the evidence. Participants will explore their own research questions within this hands-on workshop. Presenting evidence (but not the best evidence) is not evidence-based practice. This workshop, coupled with clinical scenarios, enhances the applicability of learned concepts that can be immediately useful in your own practice.


  • Clinical Scenario #1: Chronic Knee Pain
  • Key Concepts of Evidence-Based Practice
  • The 5-Step Approach in Answering a Clinical Question
  • Clinical Scenario #2: Right Shoulder Pain
  • Quality Appraisal Tools & Intention-to-Treat Analysis
  • Understanding Statistical Tests and Relevance in Clinical Care
  • Clinical Scenario #3: Exercise & Physical Modalities
  • Evidence-Based Screening and Diagnostic Testing in Rehabilitation
  • Workshop 1 - Orientation to Therapy-Related Research Databases
  • Systematic Approach to Finding Appropriate Databases
  • Workshop 2 - Utilizing Research Databases to Answer a Clinical Question
  • Finding the Best Answer to your Clinical Question in 5-10 minutes
  • Clinical Scenario # 4: Bedside screening of Dysphagia
  • Clinical Scenario # 5: Mobilization in Acute Lower Extremity DVT
  • Clinical Scenario # 6: Mobilization in Acute Stroke
  • Clinical Scenario # 7: Fall Risk Evaluation and Management
  • Evidenced Based Rehabilitation - Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis


  1. Define the elements of evidence-based practice in the context of patient goals in clinical practice.
  2. Analyze the rationale behind each step in successfully answering a clinical question with guidance from the available research.
  3. Determine the best treatment option/s, using the 5 steps, and apply them to achieve excellent patient care.
  4. Discuss evidence-based approaches for common orthopedic problems, screening for dysphagia, early mobilization in acute stroke, early mobilization in acute deep venous thrombosis, fall risk, chronic kidney disease, & patients on dialysis.
  5. Practice the five-step approach to answer a clinical question with the best evidence currently available.
  6. Explain the challenge when adopting a single example from evidence to guide practice.
  7. Understand statistical tests and the relevance in clinical care.
  8. Apply quality appraisal tools, including the intention-to-treat analysis.

ADA Needs
We would be happy to accommodate your ADA needs; please call our Customer Service Department for more information at 1-800-844-8260.


Satisfaction Guarantee
Your satisfaction is our goal and our guarantee. Concerns should be addressed to: PO Box 1000, Eau Claire, WI 54702-1000 or call 1-800-844-8260.


* Credit Note - **

NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing the on-line post-test (80% passing score) and completing the evaluation). 

Continuing Education Information:  Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this non-interactive self-study package. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether self-study is an acceptable form of continuing education, as well as which credit types are acceptable for continuing education hours. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.  

For Planning Committee disclosures, please statement above.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

Nurses - California Nurses

PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of  Registered Nursing, Provider #: 17118 for 6.5 self-study contact hours. 

** You will need to provide your license number to PESI. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Nurses - Florida Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Florida Board of  Nursing. Provider #: FBN2858. These materials qualify for 6.5 self-study contact hours.

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Nurses - Iowa Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Provider #: 346. Nurses successfully completing these self-study materials will earn 8.1 self-study contact hours. Please email with your license number, include the title, speaker name and date. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Occupational Therapists - Florida Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy. Provider Number #50-399. This course qualifies for 6.7 self-study continuing education credits.

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Occupational Therapists - Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants


PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. This self-study course qualifies for 6.5 self-study contact hours or .65 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate. 

Physical Therapists - California Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approval agency to approve providers. This self-study lecture qualifies for 6.75 continuing competency hours.

Physical Therapists - Texas Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #2106032TX and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. This activity will provide 6.75 CCUs. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Physical Therapists - Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

This self-study course consists of 6.75 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. CE requirements for physical therapists vary by state/jurisdiction. Please retain the certificate of completion that you receive and use as proof of completion when required.

Physical Therapists - Illinois Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is a Registered Physical Therapy Continuing Education Sponsor through the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Regulation. License #: 216.000270. This self-study course qualifies for 6.5 CE credit hours.

Physical Therapists - New York Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department, State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider for physical therapy and physical therapy assistant continuing education. This self-study course qualifies for 8.1 contact hours.

Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists - Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists

This course contains 6.5 hours of self-study continuing education. It was not offered for ASHA CEUs. Please retain your certificate of completion. If audited for ASHA Certification Maintenance, you can submit this certificate of completion at that time. For state licensure, teacher certification renewal, or other credential renewal, contact those agencies for information about your reporting responsibilities and requirements.

Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists - California Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board, #PDP 319. This course meets the qualifications for 6.5 hours of self-study continuing professional development credit for Speech-Language Pathologists or Audiologists, as required by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board.

Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists - Kansas Speech-Language Pathologists

Approved for 8.0 self-study continuing education clock hours for Kansas licensed Speech-Language Pathologists by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.

Other Professions

This self-study activity qualifies for 6.75 continuing education clock hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.



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Brigani "Briggs" G. Amante, PT, MD, is a physical therapist, a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and a nephrologist at Gulf Coast nephrology. As an avid practitioner of evidence-based medicine, Briggs has remained passionate in the education of rehabilitation professionals, physicians, and other healthcare team members on how to efficiently incorporate the best evidence in their clinical practice. His pioneering work on "5-Steps in Answering a Clinical Question," is one of the highlights of this course, and has revolutionized and simplified the process of determining the best screening/diagnostic tests and/or treatment option/s for patients. His knowledge, style of teaching, unique perspectives as a physician and a physical therapist, as well as passion for evidence-based therapy, is refreshing and contagious!


Speaker Disclosure:

Financial: Brigani Amante is a Fellow in Nephrology at the University of Colorado. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Brigani Amante has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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Target Audience

Nurses, Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists/Physical Therapist Assistants, Physician Assistants, Speech-Language Pathologists, and other Healthcare Professionals.


Satisfaction Guarantee
Your satisfaction is our goal and our guarantee. Concerns should be addressed to: PO Box 1000, Eau Claire, WI 54702-1000 or call 1-800-844-8260.

ADA Needs
We would be happy to accommodate your ADA needs; please call our Customer Service Department for more information at 1-800-844-8260.

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