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Understanding Research


Understanding Research


 6 Ce's for LIVE class

3 Ce's for Home Study


NCBTMB Approved Ce Provider #310466-00

 My CE National is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider.


FL Board of Massage Therapy Approved Ce Provider #50-9690


Ce Broker Course #20-459971


Understanding Research by Francine Milford, LMT.




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Understanding Research

Goals and Objectives


Course Description

“Understanding Research” is a home study continuing education program designed for licensed Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers.  This course focuses on how to locate and understand research studies and how to incorporate the information into your own practice. Students will learn how to cite credible sources of information and how to start their own research projects.


Course Rationale

This course was developed to give updated information to licensed massage therapists about locating, using and creating research studies in their profession.


Course Objectives

            This course is designed to give the student an understanding of the importance of using research to enhance the field of massage therapy and bodywork. Through this course, students will gain knowledge of where to go for valuable information and insights that they can use in their own practice. For those students who would like to document their own findings, this course will help to give those therapists a working knowledge of where to begin their documentations.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

·        Students will demonstrate knowledge of locating quality research in their field.

·        Students will demonstrate knowledge of reading and citing sources of information.

·        Students will demonstrate knowledge of the differences between ‘Quantitative’ and ‘Qualitative’ research studies.

·        Students will demonstrate knowledge of how to handle participants in a research study.

·        Students will identify the two major types of research studies and the strengths and weaknesses of each.

·        Students will demonstrate knowledge of the terminology used in research studies.


Course Instructor

Francine Milford, LMT, CTN


Method of Instruction

Text based online home study course


Course Requirements

In order to successfully complete this course you must complete the enclosed test and earn a score of 70% or higher. If you do not receive a 70% or higher, then you may contact the instructor to receive a new test. If you not score a 70% or higher on the second test, then you will have failed this course and will not receive your continuing education hours.


Determination of Contact Hours

The “Understanding Research” course will require at least 6 hours to complete.  This estimate is based on the accepted standard for home study courses of approximately 10-12 pages of written text per hour.  The complete text of this course is _76__ pages. (Excluding test)




Table of Contents




Page Number

Chapter One-What is Research?


                      Different Types of Research


                      Primary & Secondary Research


                      Different Methods or Research


                     Qualitative Research


                     Quantitative Research


Chapter Two-Additional Approaches to Research


                      Pragmatic Research


                      Advocacy/Participatory Research




                      The Hierarchy of Research


Chapter Three-Scientific Research


                      Checklist for Evaluating Research


Chapter Four-Clinical Studies           


                      Worksheet for Understanding and

                                 evaluating research studies


                      What does ‘doi’ mean?


Chapter Five-The Steps of a Research Paper         


Chapter Six-How to Locate Research Information


                    How to use the Search Box


                    Advanced Search Parameters


                    RSS Feeds


                    Search Engines


Glossary of Terms




Test Questions



Why is Research Important?

             As massage therapists and Bodyworkers, we are always searching for up-to-date information in our field. We are often looking for ways in which we can help our clients with specific condition and ailments that they may be presenting with. We are also looking at adding new modalities and therapies to our practice in order to better serve the public and enhance our own offerings. As progressive therapists, we are always concerned over what the current trends and fads are in order to better answer the questions that our own clients may have for us about the efficiency of new products on the markets.

            This course is designed to give you, the therapist, useable knowledge on how to locate scientific and quality research on a list of health care topics that will increase your knowledge.



Cost of Course-$39

Cost of Course is $39.

Your course, along with the test questions, will be emailed to you within 24 hours after receiving payment.

When you are finished reading the manual and answering the questions, please email me the answers to

Your certificate will be emailed to you after test has been graded.