Interpreting RCTs

Evidence-based physical therapy practice is an important component of our treatment decision making process, but it is often misunderstood and misconstrued. This webinar will provide an overview of the main steps and considerations for evaluating the quality and relevance of randomized controlled trials to answering your clinical questions.
  • RCTs have a defined set of criteria researchers undertake to help determine the effects of treatment interventions
  • There are several methods of critiquing RCTs
  • As clinicians, you should examine the RCT from a validity lens (internal, external, and statistical), and determine how well the researchers controlled for threats to validity
  • A good understanding of the statistical results, effect size, and clinically meaningful differences can help you determine a study's relevance to answering your clinical question