Evidence for Practice 6 provides students' with the opportunity to further extend their developing skills in searching, locating and reviewing literature relevant to osteopathic practice by introducing them to the process of critical appraisal. Students will work collaboratively with student peers on a systematic search and review group assignment that requires them to conduct and justify the process and their findings of qualitative/qualitative systematic literature search on a topic relevant to osteopathy. This unit consolidates the students knowledge of scholarly literature, research processes and evidence relevant to their chosen profession osteopathy, preparing them for entry into the HMHO Master of Health Science (Osteopathy), particularly in units HMH7901 Evidence for Practice 7, HMH7902 Evidence for Practice 8 and HMH7903 Evidence for Practice 9.

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HBS3502 - Evidence for Practice 5


HBS3601 - Patient, Practitioner and Health System 6

HBS3603 - Scientific Basis for Osteopathy 6

HBS3604 - Clinical Skills 6

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critique qualitative and quantitative literature using critical appraisal tools;  
  2. Compare the process and outcomes of qualitative and quantitative systematic reviews;  
  3. Collaborate with peers on development, conduct and reporting of a systematic search relevant to osteopathy;  
  4. Justify and critically appraise the results of a systematic search; and  
  5. Exhibit professional presentation skills.  


The formative assessments for this unit are: - Individual presentation on chosen topic - Practice group presentation on specified topic
Assessment type Description Grade
Test 120 minute mid semester test on critical appraisal and systematic reviews (held in class) 30%
Presentation 30 minute group presentation of process and results of systematic search and critical appraisal 50%
Portfolio Portfolio (1000 words) 20%
The group presentation is a hurdle requirement as students must pass LO5 to ensure they are prepared for their Master by Coursework degree HMHO Master of Health Science (Osteopathy). Students need to have established skills in oral presentations to facilitate success in their post graduate studies.

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