Introduces students to an evidence-based approach to clinical and public health practice. Students are taught how to frame a relevant clinical or public health question, search and appraise the available evidence, and use this to develop appropriate responses in day-to-day practice and policy setting.
Topic 1: Evidence-based practice
Topic 2: Finding the evidence
Topic 3: Types of evidence
Topic 4: Critical appraisal of the evidence
Topic 5: Using the evidence: Appraising clinical guidelines
Topic 6: Using the evidence: Implementation
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||examine the steps in Evidence-based Practice and the role that critical appraisal takes in informing decisions in clinical and public health practice||Intellectual rigour||Ethical practice||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|2||frame research questions and identify the best evidence for answering those questions||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|3||identify and search the most appropriate data sources for evidence related to research questions||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|4||evaluate differing research methodologies and methods using appropriate appraisal tools||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|5||critically appraise appropriate evidence to answer research questions||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|6||use critical appraisals to consider implications for practice||Intellectual rigour||Ethical practice||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|7||plan a strategy to change healthcare practice based on results from critical appraisals||Intellectual rigour||Ethical practice||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
Study Period 2
- Hoffmann, T., Del Mar, C., & Bennett, S., 2013, Evidence-based practice across the health professions, 2nd edn, Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, Chatswood, NSW. ISBN: Print 9780729541350; Ebook 9780729582278.
Teaching and assessment
SCU Online (intensive)
|Structured online learning (6 wks)|
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Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2
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