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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
OfferedParkville First semester 2011 (Online)
Parkville Second semester 2011 (Online)
Coordinator(s)Ms Kirstie Galbraith


This unit will provide students with theoretical information on evidence-based practice as well as the skills to incorporate evidence-based medicine into their clinical practice. Topics will include: formulation of clinical questions, searching the literature for best evidence, evaluating the evidence, and applying the evidence in patient care
Prescribed text
Guyatt G, Rennie D, eds. Users' Guides to the Medical Literature. Essentials of evidence-based clinical practice (2nd Edition) McGraw-Hill Professional, 2008.

Students are required to have the minimum computer systems requirements as specified by the Faculty and regular internet access.


  • Formulate and answer clinical questions
  • Evaluate the literature for validity and clinical utility
  • Use electronic and paper based resources to assist in patient care
  • Search relevant databases for current best evidence
  • Appreciate the role of guidelines and decision support software in guiding therapy


Development and submission of your clinical question 10%, Literature search strategy 20%, answer to your clinical question 30%, Presentation(journal club) 25%, Contribution to online discussion, including tasks 15%.

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Kirstie Galbraith

Contact hours

Students are expected to allow 10-12 hours per week over the semester in study time.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Evidenced based practicepharmacy research