PGC5101 - Evidence based practice - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Ms Kirstie Galbraith

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Unit guides





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 (3rd Edition) McGraw-Hill Professional, 2015.


At completion of this unit it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. Develop clinical questions which can be answered using literature evidence.
  2. Prepare and execute an appropriate search strategy (of relevant electronic databases and resources) to find evidence to answer clinical questions.
  3. Evaluate the validity and relevance of literature evidence when answering clinical questions.
  4. Interpret and synthesise the evidence to provide an answer to the clinical question posed.
  5. Effectively communicate evidence based findings to peers and relevant health professionals to support clinical decisions.


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%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. The unit requires on average 10-12 hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include teacher directed learning, reading time, participation in tutorials or discussion groups, research and preparation for assignments.

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Chief examiner(s)

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

Clinical pharmacy practice

Wound care