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PMC1200 Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Medical Sciences
Student contribution band : Band 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 23 May 2022


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: BPSC


Evidence-based practice (EBP) utilises the best available research evidence to assist healthcare professionals in making sensible, practical and culturally safe decisions in their practice. This course introduces the principles underpinning EBP and develops the information and digital literacy skills needed to apply those principles. EBP also includes an ability to ask the correct research questions, acquire information and critique the evidence to make reasonable professional judgements. Importantly, the responsibility to engage in EBP is articulated in Domain 3 of the Paramedicine Board’s Professional Capabilities for Registered Paramedics.

Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice provides the fundamental skills to find, critically evaluate and integrate the evidence to improve patient healthcare outcomes. This course highlights the importance of utilising the best available evidence in clinical practice within the context of the patient's values and preferences. On completion of this course, students will be able to formulate research questions and search the most optimal database to discern high-quality evidence. Importantly, students will understand the need to re-evaluate the evidence as a core component of their clinical practice.

This course adopts practice-based learning (PBL) as a learning and teaching approach. PBL is a social model that emphasises collaborative engagement between lecturers and students. PBL is also firmly grounded in authenticity and relevance to the paramedic and wider healthcare professions. Consequently, this course draws heavily on the student's own observations and real-world case examples to enhance learning experiences.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2022 On-campus Ipswich
Date printed 23 May 2022