Clinical Outcomes Research Education
For Athletic Trainers (CORE-AT)

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 identified four expected outcomes at the start of the three year project:

  • Expected Outcome 1: Implement a secure web-based injury surveillance and electronic medical record (CORE-AT EMR system) that is clinician friendly. The CORE-AT EMR system allows us to expand the clinical training program from our local clinical practice site (CPS) to CPS throughout the country.
  • Expected Outcome 2:  Incorporate age, region, and condition appropriate patient self-report outcomes instruments into the CORE-AT EMR system in order to adequately assess the clinical outcomes of athletic training services for improving patient health-related quality of life (HRQOL) and documenting the effectiveness of care provided by certified athletic trainers.
  • Expected Outcome 3: Educate and train post-professional athletic training students to become clinical researchers who routinely measure and evaluate patient's healthcare outcomes using information technology for the purpose of integrating their best clinical judgment and the best available research to practice evidence-based athletic training.

  • Expected Outcome 4: Disseminate clinical training information to the athletic training profession regarding the evaluation of clinical outcomes using information technology to enable EBP.

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.