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HLTH6153 Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice (online only)

Module Overview

• Evidence in Health and Social Care The importance of research and evidence- based practice in health and/ or social care practice; ways in which evidence used to inform practice and underpin health and social care policy. • Searching and Critically Appraising the Literature to Inform Research Questions/ Topics Sourcing information; searching journal and electronic sources of information; critically appraising research material from the literature to identify its overall strengths and limitations; practical experience at formulating questions for evidence based practice and/ or research in your area of interest; locating and using critical appraisal tools. • Research Paradigms and designs Key research paradigms and major debates about research design and conduct in health and social care settings, including for example, distinguishing between quantitative and qualitative approaches, the notion of a continuum of evidence, and the exploration of a range of research methodologies and data collection methods across both paradigms, such as trials, exploratory studies, and surveys Data Collection Methods The main data collection methods used in quantitative and qualitative research to inform evidence based practice and issues of reliability, validity, credibility and dependability, including for example, individual and focus group interviews, and questionnaire design. • Data Analysis Analysing and reporting both qualitative and quantitative data, including for example, descriptive and inferential statistics, and content/thematic data analysis • Ethical Considerations and Research Governance The importance of ethical, governance and access considerations related to research in health and social care settings and the application of evidence in practice. • Role of Reflexivity Reflection on self to participate in research and evidence based practice. • Evaluation and Use of Evidence to Inform Practice Implications for practice of research evidence, considering service users, professionals and service provision. • Study skills Writing and studying at masters level; e-learning skills; peer assessment. • There will be some programme specific content, including for example, , resources on realist evaluation and theories of change for MSc Leadership & Management students; and exploration of the challenges of applying best evidence to clinical practice for the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice students.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• To enhance knowledge, skills and understanding required for the acquisition and critical appraisal of research literature, and other evidences, used to inform evidence based practice (EBP) in your area of health and/ or social care practice. • To further develop a critical and practical understanding of EBP and the main research methods appropriate to the study of health and social care. • To attain an understanding of appropriate approaches to research design

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identify questions/ topics relating to your area of practice and carry out a comprehensive literature search.
  • Justify the choice of evidence or appropriate research approach (s) for data collection and analysis for your identified research or EBP question/ topic.
  • Critically explore ethical issues for the conduct of research and application of research evidence to health and/ or social care practice.
  • Critically evaluate qualitative and/or quantitative research evidence and synthesise recommendations for your area of health and/ or social care practice.
  • Demonstrate the ability to critique, evaluate and refine your knowledge and skills needed to participate in research and evidence based practice.

Syllabus

• Evidence in Health, Social Care and Rehabilitation The importance of research and evidence- based practice in health and/ or social care practice; ways in which evidence used to inform practice and underpin health and social care policy. • Searching and Critically Appraising the Literature to Inform Research Questions/ Topics Sourcing information; searching journal and electronic sources of information; critically appraising research material from the literature to identify its overall strengths and limitations; practical experience at formulating questions for evidence based practice and/ or research in your area of interest; locating and using critical appraisal tools. • Research Paradigms and designs Key research paradigms and major debates about research design and conduct in health and social care settings, including for example, distinguishing between quantitative and qualitative approaches, the notion of a continuum of evidence, and the exploration of a range of research methodologies and data collection methods across both paradigms, such as trials, exploratory studies, and surveys Data Collection Methods The main data collection methods used in quantitative and qualitative research to inform evidence based practice and issues of reliability, validity, credibility and dependability, including for example, individual and focus group interviews, and questionnaire design. • Data Analysis Analysing and reporting both qualitative and quantitative data, including for example, descriptive and inferential statistics, and content/thematic data analysis • Ethical Considerations and Research Governance The importance of ethical, governance and access considerations related to research in health and social care settings and the application of evidence in practice. • Role of Reflexivity Reflection on self to participate in research and evidence based practice. • Evaluation and Use of Evidence to Inform Practice Implications for practice of research evidence, considering service users, professionals and service provision. • Study skills Writing and studying at masters level; e-learning skills; peer assessment. • There will be some programme specific content, including for example, additional materials on proposal writing for MRes students, resources on realist evaluation and theories of change for MSc Leadership & Management students; and exploration of the challenges of applying best evidence to clinical practice for the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice students.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

research to inform evidence based practice and issues of reliability, validity, credibility and dependability, including for example, individual and focus group interviews, and questionnaire design. • Data Analysis Analysing and reporting both qualitative and quantitative data, including for example, descriptive and inferential statistics, and content/thematic data analysis • Ethical Considerations and Research Governance The importance of ethical, governance and access considerations related to research in health and social care settings and the application of evidence in practice. • Role of Reflexivity Reflection on self to participate in research and evidence based practice. • Evaluation and Use of Evidence to Inform Practice Implications for practice of research evidence, considering service users, professionals and service provision. • Study skills Writing and studying at masters level; e-learning skills; peer assessment. • There will be some programme specific content, including for example, additional materials on proposal writing for MRes students, resources on realist evaluation and theories of change for MSc Leadership & Management students; and exploration of the challenges of applying best evidence to clinical practice for the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice students. Summary of teaching and learning methods ________________________________________ • The module will be delivered using a blended approach of small group work in Learning Sets and on-line delivery. • The approach taken will be self-directed learning and will require critical reflection to facilitate professional growth and development. • To support such self-directed learning, the module profile, syllabus, interactive resources and course documentation will be available on Blackboard. • You will be required to engage in scheduled Learning Sets. • An on-line version of the module will be available for those students wishing to study the module wholly at a distance. Here virtual Learning Sets with synchronous and asynchronous small group working will replace the face to face Learning Sets.

TypeHours
Online Course30
Independent Study220
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

Muir Gray, J.A. (2009). Evidence Based Healthcare. 

Evidence in Health and Social Care   .

DiCenso, A., Guyatt, G. and Ciliska, D. (2005). Evidence-Based Nursing: A Guide to Clinical Practice. 

Aveyard, H. (2009). A beginner’s guide to evidence based practice in health and social care. 

Gerrish, K. and Lacey, A. (Eds.) (2006). The Research Process in Nursing. 

Using databases to find journal articles.

Burns, N. and Grove, S.K. (2007). Understanding Nursing Research. 

Cluett. E. and Bluff, R (eds.) (2006). Principles and Practices of research in midwifery. 

Denzin, N.K. and Lincoln, Y.S. (Eds.) (2005). Handbook of Qualitative Research. 

UK Critical Appraisal Skills Programme: Making sense of evidence.

The Cochrane Library.

Greenhalgh, T. (2006). How to Read a Paper: the basics of evidence-based medicine. 

Portney LG & Watkins MP. (2009). Foundations of Clinical Research. Applications to practice. 

Social Care Online                             .

Assessing Evidence to Improve Population Health and Wellbeing..

Bowling, A. (2009). Research Methods in Health: Investigating Health and Health Services. 

Hamer, S and Collinson, G. (2005). Achieving Evidence Based Practice: A handbook for practioners. 

Assessment

Formative

Reflection

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Critical review  (3500 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Critical review 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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