Constructing Your Clinical Question to Deliver Useful Results: From Patient Applications to Research Inquiry

Description:  This webinar reviews the utility of well-formed clinical questions for treatment planning and analysis of the state of the scientific literature.  A framework will be reviewed for constructing clinical questions that promote strategic and efficient review of research literature by the practicing clinician.  Examples will be drawn from physical and occupational therapy and speech-language pathology with a focus on bridging findings into practice.  Use of findings for further research inquiry will be discussed.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 

  • Describe the utility of clinical questions to address patient needs
  • Apply a framework to develop a clinical question and guide a literature search
  • Analyze how your clinical question would contribute to the research literature

Instructor: Julia Carpenter, MA, CCC-SLP, Clinical Practice Leader for Speech-Language Pathology, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Research Speech-Language Pathologist, Center for Aphasia Research and Treatment
Audience:  Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants and Speech-Language Pathologists

Note: You will have 3 months from the date of purchase to complete and review the course material. You will receive a reminder email 2 weeks before the expiration date.

Continuing Education Credits

Occupational Therapy

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an approved provider for the American Occupational Therapy Association to offer continuing education in occupational therapy. This intermediate level program awards occupational therapists 0.10 CEUs or 1.0 contact hour. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Category 3: Professional Issues – Contemporary Issues and Trends.

Physical Therapy

The Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 1.0 Contact Hours has approved this course.  Approval #216-000069

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education.  This course has been approved by the New York Physical Therapy Board for 1.0 Contact Hours

Speech-Language Pathology

This course is offered for 0.10 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Related area).


Financial: Receives an Honorarium for teaching this course from the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.
Non-Financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Basic Computer Requirements: You will need access to a computer with an Internet connection. High speed broadband access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended.

  • PC: Compatible Operating System: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 Web Browser: Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer 10 or higher
  • MAC: Compatible Operating System: OS X Web Browser: Firefox, Chrome, Safari

Cancellation Policy: To request a cancellation of an on-demand program, please provide written notice by letter, email, or fax or contact us by phone within 24 hours of placing your order and we will refund you the full course fee. If you cannot give notice within 24 hours, a credit towards a future course of equal value would apply.


Online Learning Occupational Therapists Occupational Therapy Assistants Physical Therapist Assistants Physical Therapists Speech Language Pathologists