Research Literacy for Massage Therapists (3 CE hours)


Course Description
This course is designed to offer a detailed introduction to the world of academic and scientific research for the massage therapist. The purpose of this course is to help the reader build skills in finding, reading, evaluating and applying research to their massage practice.

Educational Objectives
Upon completion of this home study continuing education course, the massage practitioner should be able to:

  • Describe the difference between a blind and double-blind study.
  • List the different types of research designs.
  • List the steps of the scientific method.
  • Describe the peer review process of scientific literature.
  • Define the term “Impact factor” as it applies to scientific journals.
  • Describe the concept of “generalizability” and how it relates to sample size in medical research.
  • List three signs of “bad” research as detailed in this course.

This course is presented for educational purposes only. It was developed and marketed specifically for massage therapists that are required to obtain continuing education hours for licensing purposes. The author is not giving medical, legal or other professional advice.

This course is classified as “Cognitive” learning, meaning that there is no hands-on portion.