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Why and How to Utilize Clinical Outcomes to Improve Clinical Practice

Activity Details
  • Credit Amounts:
    • CME: 1.25
    • BOC: 1.00
  • Cost: $25.00
  • Release: Nov 1, 2015
  • Expires: Dec 31, 2017
  • Estimated Time to Complete:
    1 Hour(s)  15 Minutes
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Jennifer S.  Howard Jennifer S. Howard, PhD, ATC
Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Health And Exercise Science
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC

Aaron Sciascia Aaron Sciascia, MS, ATC, NASM-PES
Shoulder Center of Kentucky
Lexington Clinic
Lexington, KY

Needs Statement

Clinical outcomes documentation is essential to the athletic training profession for the expansion of evidence-based practice and has the potential to benefit individual clinicians by providing feedback for the patient and clinician, and justifying clinician value.  Outcomes collection must be systematic, yet clinically applicable to succeed in the real world, and must be relevant to the clinician and the patient, not just the researcher.  It has been recently recognized that functional outcomes collection related to athletes as well as the athletic training profession in general has been lacking compared to other established clinical professions. 

Target Audience

This activity is designed for athletic trainers, physical therapists, sports medicine physicians, physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, and  physician assistants. 


At the conclusion attendees will be able to:
1. Recognize how outcomes assessment fits within athletic training
2. Select the importance of the clinician in establishing evidence for best practices in real world settings
3. Indicate the benefits of establishing an active patient registry
4. Identify the obstacles associated with consistent outcomes documentation
5. Choose varying types of patient reported outcomes and how they may apply to a specific patient population
6. Identify the pitfalls and perils of designing a basic patient registry based on practice


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, and UK College of Health Science. The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine presents this activity for educational purposes only. Participants are expected to utilize their own expertise and judgment while engaged in the practice of medicine. The content of the presentations is provided solely by presenters who have been selected for presentations because of recognized expertise in their field.

ACGME Competencies

  • Patient care
  • Medical knowledge
  • Practice-based learning and improvement

NATABOC The University of Kentucky is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers. This program has been approved for a maximum of 1.00 hour of EBP Category continuing education. Certified Athletic Trainers are responsible for claiming only those hours actually spent participating in the continuing education activity.

BOC Approved EBP Provider Number: P2382-3

Faculty Disclosure

No speakers or planners have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

The material presented in this course represents information obtained from the scientific literature as well as the clinical experiences of the speakers. In some cases, the presentations might include discussion of investigational agents and/or off-label indications for various agents used in clinical practice. Speakers will inform the audience when they are discussing investigational and/or off-label uses.

Disclosure of a relationship is not intended to suggest or condone commercial bias in any presentation, but it is made to provide participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a presentation.


This activity is jointly provided by the University of Kentucky and UK College of Health Science.