General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Esther Wall Gimeno

Trimester: First term

Credits: 3

Teaching staff: 

Carles Fernández Jané
A hard tackle from Raquel Sebio to García 

Teaching languages

  • English


Basic skills
  • B5_That students have developed those learning skills necessary to undertake further studies with a high degree of autonomy


Specific skills
  • E15_Participate in the development of physiotherapy care protocols based on scientific evidence, encouraging professional activities that stimulate research in physiotherapy


  • E17_Understand the importance of updating the knowledge, skills and abilities and attitudes that make up the professional competencies of the physiotherapist


  • E19_Know how to communicate effectively and clearly, both orally and in writing, with users of the healthcare system, as well as with other professionals


Transversal competences
  • T1_Acquire the ability to communicate in a foreign language and work in an international context


  • T2_Demonstrate ability to organize and plan


  • T3_The student must be able to develop skills in interpersonal relationships and be able to work within an intra and interdisciplinary team



The World Confederation of Physiotherapy (ER-WCPT) defines Evidence-Based Physiotherapy (EBE) as "a commitment to use the best available scientific evidence in making clinical decisions about the care of an individual and that integrates into their return both the knowledge acquired during professional practice and that obtained through systematic research in a certain field.

This concept, derived in turn from Evidence-Based Medicine, aims to integrate into the regular clinical practice of physiotherapists the theoretical-practical knowledge acquired through professional experience with current scientific evidence in relation to techniques and therapies used in physiotherapy and the specific preferences and characteristics of each patient, with the ultimate goal of providing our patients/subjects with the best possible care.

Throughout this subject we will delve deeper into the concept and meaning of the FBE, emphasizing especially its more scientific aspect, trying to integrate it into clinical reasoning and decision-making in physiotherapy through the critical reading of studies from current research and the debate and exchange of experiences and opinions.

Learning outcomes

  • Acquires evidence-based physiotherapy criteria, critical analysis of knowledge
  • Acquires and masters English applied to the health and physical activity sciences.
  • Understand the importance of reasoning based on scientific evidence. Justification of the interventions based on the evidence that supports them.
  • Analyze the results of published evidence. It determines their degree of validity and applicability in the environment in which they must develop their intervention.
  • It applies the evidence-based medicine method to the various fields of the health sciences and physical activity. Search in scientific databases, critical analysis of studies, drawing conclusions for their clinical applicability.
  • It incorporates the communication and dissemination of results as part of the therapeutic intervention process. 
  • It incorporates English as a language for learning and disseminating scientific knowledge. Use in inter-professional communication.  

Working methodology

Type of activity Hours
AF1. Theoretical classes 25
AF5. Tutorials 2
AF6. Study and group work 20
AF7. Study and independent work 28
Total 75



  • Evidence-based physiotherapy.
  • Research protocols.
  • Articles and reports of original studies.
  • Scientific communication. Types of scientific communication.

Learning activities

MD1. Expository method or master class: to transmit knowledge and to activate the cognitive processes of the student by means of a unidirectional learning
MD2. Case study: acquiring learning through the analysis of real or simulated cases
MD3. Solving exercises and problems: exercising, rehearsing and putting into practice previous knowledge
MD4. Problem-based learning (PBL): developing active knowledge through problem solving

Evaluation system

This subject will be evaluated as follows:

Evaluation activity


Continued avaluation

SE1. e-Portfolio


SE4. Self evaluation


Final Evaluation

SE3. Exam


To pass the subject it is necessary to obtain one rating of 5/10 in the exam.

According to current regulations, only those students who have obtained a grade of suspense to the theoretical examination during the ordinary period.


Evaluation activity in recovery period  Weighting
SE3. Exam 40%


In order to recover the subject, the individual work of the final evaluation must be handed in again.

The total or partial copy in any of the learning activities will mean a "Not Presented" in the subject, without option to present in the proof of recovery and without prejudice of the opening of a file for this reason . ”



Robert Herbert Gro Jamtvedt Judy Mead Kåre Birger Hagen; Practical Evidence-Based Physiotherapy (2nd edition). Elsevier 2005

Straus SE., Richardson WS, Glasziou P, Haynes RB. Evidence-based medicine. How to practice and teach the MBA (3rd edition). Elsevier 2006