Professional healthcare practice requires detailed knowledge of evidence-based practice to interpret the quality of research outcomes and form the critical foundation skills for problem solving and decision making. This unit (HPT3002) extends previous learning relevant to evidence-based practice by focussing on the use of research-based evidence. The ability to appraise research, interpret and apply its outcomes is foundational to health care practice. A clear appreciation of levels of evidence and key concepts of reliability, validity, and bias will be explored using context specific case examples. Students will explore the principles of human research ethics and the concept of research consent.

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HPT2002 - Evidence Based Practice for Health Professionals (applicable for HCPT students ONLY)

APP1012 - Psychology 1A (applicable for HCSP students ONLY)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Describe, synthesise and evaluate research methodology, design and quality;  
  2. Acquire and critically 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 communities including indigenous, and/or diverse backgrounds; and  
  4. Demonstrate the requirements of a human research ethics application relevant to a focused clinical research question.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Test (20mins) 10%
Review Critical appraisal clinical trial (1000 words) 25%
Review Critical appraisal systematic review (1000 words) 30%
Presentation Group Presentation - Ethical issues in research studies (15mins) 35%

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