Foundations of Applying Evidence-Based Practice


Online Course

Includes all course content in digital format

Prerequisites Required
2 hours - Provided by Summit Professional Education



Evidence-based practice is more than an expectation. It is an ethical, professional responsibility. Clients rely upon health professionals to employ the highest level of standards and ensure clinical decisions are supported by up-to-date literature. One key contributor to the health professions is the Choosing Wisely campaign that aims to educate the public and health professionals of clinical expectations based on presented evidence. With the added emphasis to use evidence-supported evaluation tools and interventions, health professionals must take the time to translate evidence into action. With this session, practitioners will gain the confidence to locate, understand, and critique available research to effectively utilize in their practice setting therefore enhancing and restoring patient's functional performance.


  • Resources to access evidence-based research through reputable open access sources
  • Strategies to critically review research methodologies to support your clinical practice
  • Integrate evidence-based research into clinical utility through case examples

Learning Objectives

  1. Differentiate different types of research designs.
  2. Interpret literature to direct clinical decision making and support general practice.

Course Content

Foundations of Applying Evidence-Based Practice
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  1. Research Design and Why it Matters
    1. General search strategies
    2. Reputable and predatory journals
    3. Research design and aims
    4. Research article dissection: Explanation of each section
  2. Application of Evidence-Based Research
    1. Transition from research results to clinical utility
    2. Case examples applying two articles to guide clinical decision making

Robyn Otty, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR, FAOTA has been a licensed occupational therapist for over 25 years with 15 years specifically working with the pediatric population in varied settings including home, hospital, and outpatient environments. Dr. Otty was recognized by the American Occupational Therapy Association with the Fellow Award for her contribution to the profession. Dr. Otty also has been awarded the advanced practice certifications in Physical Rehabilitation since 2012.

She has lectured extensively on self-regulation strategies for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and current scholarly work related to supporting transitioning adolescents with ASD. Dr. Otty graduated with a Bachelor of Science of Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University, Master of Education from Touro University Nevada, and post- professional doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Loma Linda University.


FINANCIAL: Robyn Otty is compensated by Summit as an instructor. She is a paid faculty member at Touro University, Nevada. She assists with content development for Pesi for which she receives an honorarium.

NONFINANCIAL: Robyn Otty serves as a volunteer for the NV Senior center doing OT evaluations. She also serves as a volunteer board member with the AOTA.

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