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Evidence Based Decision Making In Health Care Level 7 7KNIM110

Key information

Subject area:

Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care

Course type:

Assessed Module

Credit level:


Credit value:



Available course dates:

To be confirmed

Course overview

This course focuses on searching for, appraising and synthesising evidence from health care research. Students are introduced to a range of electronic databases for accessing evidence and to the principles of systematic review. Learning is facilitated through lectures, workshops and a student-directed search for evidence to address a question emerging from their own practice. The course aims to develop skills for healthcare practitioners, managers and educators in accessing, appraising, synthesising and using research findings. It is grounded in evidence-based practice and therefore the focus is on practice research. Material from the field of evidence-based health care will be presented, supplemented by relevant material from other disciplines such as the psychology of knowledge and epidemiology.

What does this course cover?

Content includes:

· the concept of evidence-based healthcare;

· the nature of evidence;

· systematic review;

· advanced literature searching;

· critical appraisal;

· meta-analysis, assessing effectiveness;

· the role of evidence in forming judgements;

· student reviews of evidence of effectiveness relating to an area of their own clinical practice or interest.

What will I achieve?

The module is designed to equip students with knowledge and skills that will enable them to:

• Formulate questions that are answerable with evidence;

• Identify evidence for clinical and educational practice;

• Select relevant and valid evidence for clinical practice and teaching content;

• Demonstrate advanced critical appraisal of evidence;

• Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the principles and process of systematic

review of evidence;

• Expertly synthesise and present evidence from multiple studies;

• Integrate evidence into decision making for practice and organisational


Who will I learn with?

Andreas Xyrichis

Andreas Xyrichis

Senior Lecturer

Who is this for?

Qualified healthcare professionals with a first degree of 2:1 or higher or who have successfully completed postgraduate study in the Faculty.

How will I be assessed?

2000 word essay

What is the teaching schedule?







Course status:

Course closed

Full fee £2780


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