Evidence Based Practice for Osteopathy aims to build on academic skills and contextualize the role of evidence and research in osteopathy, including an understanding of the levels of evidence. Informed by the scientific principles of research, students are able to investigate the applicability of qualitative and quantitative research approaches through examination of biases and confounders. Ethical considerations are explored through various osteopathic research design scenarios.

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HCM1000 - Professional Communication

HRE1000 - Evidence and Research

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Appraise quantitative and qualitative research approaches for osteopathy;  
  2. Report on the ethical considerations of research in osteopathy;  
  3. Review sources of bias and confounders and their impact on study designs; and  
  4. Contrast the levels of evidence used to justify healthcare interventions.  


Assessments 1 & 3 test foundational knowledge in preparation for application in subsequent assessment tasks. Assessment 2 develops students' understanding of factors affecting the quality of research. In Assessment 4, students will examine ethical issues from a range of case studies and will justify an ethical stance.
Assessment type Description Grade
Test Online Quiz on research approaches (30mins) 15%
Report Report on sources of bias, confounders and levels of evidence in a journal article (1000 words) 30%
Test Online quiz on ethical considerations in research (45mins) 25%
Presentation Group presentation on ethical considerations and sources of bias in research (15mins) 30%

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