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OCC3041 - Skills for evidence-based practice 2

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr Ted Brown


Peninsula First semester 2007 (Day)


This unit gives students an advanced overview of the skills necessary to critique and evaluate research evidence. Students will be introduced to completing a critically appraised topic. This will provide the foundation to integrate clinically relevant evidence into daily professional practice. Components of evidence-based practice in OT will be introduced and practiced. Randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews and meta-analyses as methods for presenting evidence will be introduced. Students will prepare a critical review of the literature in the format of reviews of papers and summaries of relevant evidence. This knowledge will enable students to be evidence-based practitioners.


upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an advanced understanding of the levels of evidence for evidence-based practice;
  2. demonstrate ability to critique ways all levels of evidence are obtained: randomised controlled trials, single-subject studies, diagnostic tests, systematic reviews, meta-analyses, clinical practice guidelines, expert evidence, and case-control studies;
  3. identify gaps in intervention practice knowledge, develop a researchable clinical intervention research question and search databases for best evidence to support practice;
  4. demonstrate ability to find relevant evidence using a variety of formal and informal methods (eg health science databases, internet);
  5. demonstrate ability to synthesis findings from multiple research studies to answer relevant clinical and practice questions;
  6. apply the principles of evidence-based practice and use the best evidence available for professional practice;
  7. communicate a summary of evidence succinctly and clearly both orally and in writing; and
  8. write a critically appraised topic.


Three critically appraised papers (750 words each): 30%
Critically Appraised Topic (5000 words): 60%
Oral presentation: 10%
Hurdle requirement: attendance at 80% of lectures and tutorials