This module aims to support you in enhancing your 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.
It also aims to support you in developing a critical and practical understanding of EBP and the main research methods appropriate to the study of health and social care. This will lead to you attaining an understanding of appropriate approaches to research design.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Justify the choice of evidence or appropriate research approach (s) for data collection and analysis for your identified research or EBP question/ topic.
- Critically analyse the contribution of research and EBP in health/social care.
- Critically explore ethical issues for the conduct of research and application of research evidence to health and/ or social care practice.
- Identify questions/ topics relating to your area of practice and carry out a comprehensive literature search.
- Critically evaluate qualitative and/or quantitative research evidence and synthesise recommendations for your area of health and/ or social care practice.
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.
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.
Writing and studying at masters level; e-learning skills; peer assessment.
Learning and Teaching
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.
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Resources & Reading list
Greenhlagh, T (2014). How to Read a Paper. Chicester: Wiley-Blackwell.
Walker, D. (2014). An introduction to health services research. Sage.
Flick, U. (2015). Introducing research methodology. London: Sage.
This is how we’ll give you feedback as you are learning. It is not a formal test or exam.Draft essay
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
Repeat type: Internal & External