PTR 7431 Scientific Inquiry III

This research course will critically explore the issues involved in conducting and evaluating research in physical therapy. Concepts from Scientific Inquiry I will be reinforced while examining the nature, relevance, and application of qualitative and quantitative research methods as they relate to assessment and intervention outcomes in the context of evidence-based practice. Students will learn the concepts, theories, and tools necessary to formulate a research question. Emphasis will be placed on the strengths and weaknesses of different types of research design, validity and reliability of outcome measures, types and effects of research biases, and review of clinical research literature.