In 2008, the A.T. Still University Athletic Training Program received funding from the NATA Research and Education Foundation to implement a 3 year project to educate and train post professional athletic training students in clinical outcomes and evidence based practice.
The goal of the Clinical Outcomes Research Education for Athletic Trainers (CORE-AT) Project was to educate and train post-professional athletic training students to utilize technology for the collection of healthcare outcomes data in order to practice in an evidence-based manner. The assessment of outcomes involves reporting on the end result of
healthcare services that take patient's preferences, and values into account through a variety of clinician and patient-based tools.(Snyder et al., ATEJ, 2007)
Evidence-based practice (EBP), defined as the integration of clinical experience, patient values, and the best research evidence (Sackett, BMJ, 1996) is not possible in the absence of data from which to evaluate the effectiveness of healthcare services (Snyder et al., ATEJ, 2007). Therefore, our main objective was to educate and train clinical researchers who can use outcomes data to improve their clinical practice.
The CORE-AT Project identify four expected outcomes at the start of the three year project:
Although the CORE-AT Project has ended, with all goals being met, the AT-PBRN continues to provide education and training to athletic trainers across the country on the use of evidence-based practice principles, clinical outcomes assessment, and the use of web-based electronic medical records.
The AT-PBRN is currently seeking new clinical practice sites and practicing athletic trainers to grow our network. If you are interested in joining the PBRN, please contact us today.