Expert decision making requires detailed knowledge of evidence based healthcare practice. The ability to interpret the quality and research outcomes from quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research form critical foundation skills informing clinical problem solving and decision making in the professional practice Health Sciences. A clear appreciation for levels of evidence, prognostic indicators and key concepts of reliability, validity, and bias will be explored using context specific case examples to highlight the clinical application of evidence in healthcare.
The ability to communicate research design and research outcomes to colleagues and clients is fundamental to the translation of research into practice. Students will explore the field of human research ethics and translate focussed research questions into ethics applications. The concept of research consent will be explored through clinical case scenarios. This will scaffold learning from previous units "Evidence Based Practice for Health Professionals", building students skills in refining research questions, searching for high quality research literature to support key questions and communicating the questions using "real world" ethics applications, developing work-ready skills for high quality healthcare practice.

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HPT2002 - Evidence Based Practice for Health Professionals

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Describe, synthesise and evaluate research methodology, design and quality;  
  2. Critically and systematically appraise the research literature and relate the findings to clinical practice;  
  3. Apply an evidence-based approach to clinical decision making in the health management of individuals; and  
  4. Demonstrate the requirements of a human research ethics application relevant to a focused clinical research question.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Quality assessment of a clinical trial (1 hour) and apply the relevant quality assessment tool. 25%
Test Critically appraise a systematic review (1 hour) 25%
Assignment Complete an ethics application template - utilising focussed question, search strategy and justification for research from HPT2002. 50%

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