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,
  • Skills development on writing and presenting a research.


Teaching method

  • Classic theoretical presentations,
  • Student project presentations,
  • Discussions with student groups assigned with an issue briefing.


Week by week schedule

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


Week Unit


What Research is


Research Problem, Cause and Research Questions


Types of Research


Articles Review


Ethics and Research Protocol




Non-Experimental Study


Validity of a Research




Experimental Research on Physiotherapy


Communication and Presentation of Research Results


Writing Articles and Communication of Research Studies


Research Examples on Physiotherapy


Writing a Thesis


Presentation of a Thesis Guide for the Physiotherapy Department of the University


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)



Assessment of the theoretical part of Research Methods in Physiotherapy takes place in the end of the semester and has 2 examination periods. In case somebody fails in the 1st exam, they may take the 2nd. If they fail twice, they have to attend the module/subject again. The examination students take is consisted of open and closed type questions. 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 2 hours. After passing the theoretical and laboratory part, the students are awarded with 5 ECTS credits.

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