Teaching period

7th semester


Learning outcomes

  • Comprehension of the basic methods of research,
  • Comprehension of the evaluation and decision making thinking on a research study of an issue,
  • Verbal presentation skills development.


Teaching method

  • Use of PCs and specific Ms Office applications,
  • Use of the International Bibliographical Sources Database of the USA, PubMed,
  • Design and conduction of scientific research through individual or group student projects.


Week by week schedule

The lab part of Research Methods in Physiotherapy is summarised in 30 teaching hours, organised in 15 2-hour sessions, in which student attendance is mandatory.




Using Editor as a Tool for Research and Writing Scientific Results


Using Spreadsheets as a Tool for Analysis and Process of Scientific Data - Results


Using Presentation Programs as a Tool for Presentation - Publicity of Scientific Results


1st Intermediate Evaluation


Conception of Research - Determination of the Subject - Modification of the Subject - Bibliographical Review


Determination of Research Goals - Axis of the Subject - Purpose of the Research Study


Designing the Tools to Conduct the Research - Questionnaire


2nd Intermediate Evaluation


Distribution of the Questionnaires


Collection of Results - Classification


Analysing - Processing the Results


3rd Intermediate Evaluation


Preparing to Write the Paper


Preparing to Present the Paper


Proofreading - Summary


Textbooks/reference material

In English

  1. Colton T. (2004) Statistics in Medicine, Little, Brown and Company, Boston
  2. Hendry A. (1986) Sampling Bias in Physiotherapy Research, Physiotherapy 42, 16-18
  3. Keppel G. (1973) Design and Analysis, A researcher’s Hand Book, Prentice – Hall, Torondo
  4. Lister M. (1977) Manuscripts: What you Always Wanted to Know, Physical Therapy 57, 1007-1012
  5. Lehmkuhl M. (1970) Let’s Reduce the Understanding Gap, Experimental Design: What and Why. Physical Therapy 50, 1716-1720
  6. Michels B (1982) Evaluation and Research in Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy 62, 828-834
  7. Thomas J., Nelson J. (1996) Research Methods in Physical Activities, Human Kinetics, USA
  8. Hicks Carolyn (1998) Research for Physiotherapist, Churchill Livingstone
  9. French S. (1993) Practical Research, Butterworth – Heinmann
  10. Sackett, DL, Straus, SE, Richardson, WS, Rosenberg, W, Haynes, RB, (2000). Evidence-Based Medicine. How To Practice and Teach EBM. 2nd edition. Churchill Livingtone, NY,
  11. Essentials of Medical Statistics Douglas Altman (Editor), David Machin (Editor), Trevor Bryant (Editor), Stephen Gardner (Editor) (2003). Statistics with Confidence: Confidence Intervals and Statistical Guidelines (Book with Diskette for Windows 95, 98, NT).


In Greek

  1. Σαχίνη Α (1988) :  Μεθοδολογία Έρευνας στα Επαγγέλματα Υγείας. ΕκδόσειςΒήτα,  Αθήνα (Research Methodology in Health Professions)
  2. McKenzie, BC (1998) : Ιατρική και Internet: Online Πηγές Πληροφόρησης και Ορολογία. ΙατρικέςΕκδόσειςΣιώκης, Θεσσαλονίκη (Medicine and Internet: Online Information Sources and Terminology)



Research Methods in Physiotherapy lab assessment takes place on a daily basis with three more formal exam-type assessments which comprise of practical demonstration of techniques and methods from students. Except from the daily evaluation of students and the intermediate evaluation, a final examination takes place at the end of the semester. This examination is conducted by the teaching professors personally with the students divided in pairs, in order to recreate the skills they have obtained during the semester on each other. The final grade of the subject derives from the average of the theoretical and laboratory part and has to be 5 out of 10 or higher. Nevertheless, the students need to achieve 5 out of 10 for each of the parts to consider the subject passed. The examination’s duration is 15-30 minutes. After passing the theoretical and laboratory part, the students are awarded with 5 ECTS credits.

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