Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
OfferedParkville First semester 2012 (Online)
Parkville Second semester 2012 (Online)
Coordinator(s)Ms Kirstie Galbraith

Quota applies

This unit is quota restricted. Selection is on a first-in, first enrolled basis. For more information please contact the faculty at http://www.pharm.monash.edu.au/courses/pg-coursework/contact.html


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.


  • 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 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 practice, Pharmacy research