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Research and Evidence in Practice (REHB90010)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeREHB90010
Term 2 - Online
Term 4 - Online
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Research and evidence informs best practice and innovation in health care. This subject will provide graduates with an opportunity to extend their understanding of evidence based practice and research methodology, including research ethics. It will further develop skills in critical analysis of existing and emerging research that targets measurement, rehabilitation and human performance. There will be a focus on principles of evidence based practice including the techniques for critical evaluation of all aspects of published research. This will include the principles of descriptive and interferential statistics and concepts of measurement as well as critical appraisal of systematic reviews and clinical guidelines for the validity of their conclusions to contemporary health care. Synthesising key components of writing research proposals will provide a method of integrating the research writing, design and measurement aspects of this subject. On completion of this subject students will be able to apply all steps in evidence-based practice, synthesize systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines and write a research proposal relevant to practice. Further they will have developed skills in communicating research findings such as designing posters, oral presentations and written research proposals.

Intended learning outcomes

Learning Outcomes:
The curriculum is designed around three elements that provide integration throughout the course.

These elements are
Rehabilitation Theory and Practice
Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:
1. Integrate prior clinical practice knowledge, to inform the critique of research and evidence for individuals, groups or specific populations across the life span
2. Interpret findings from statistical tests for analysing quantitative data obtained from experimental study designs
3. Critically appraise experimental studies, including clinical trials as well as systematic reviews and synthesize their application to contemporary clinical practice
4. Write a research proposal, including development of PICO questions, selection of appropriate research methodology and measurement tools and demonstrate advanced knowledge of the ethical requirements for research implementation

Evidence and Innovation
1. Select and critically justify appropriate research and evidence that measures functional outcomes to evaluate the efficacy of therapeutic interventions
2. Critically evaluate and analyse the role of research and evidence in the development of clinical practice guidelines, priorities and health policy
3. Select and appraise an innovative measurement tool or treatment technique, including feasibility, validity, reliability and responsiveness of the tool

Clinical Practice in Context
4. Effectively communicate evidence informed therapeutic priorities to stakeholders whilst paying attention to client-shared goals within an ethical, person-centred and ICF informed framework
5. Communicate findings from a critical appraisal of research or innovative measurement tools to an interdisciplinary audience of healthcare professionals

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, students will have had the opportunity to develop the skills associated with the University of Melbourne graduate attributes including:

  • an appreciation of the responsibility to contribute towards the generation of new knowledge
  • reaching a high level of achievement in writing, generic research activities, problem-solving and communication
  • accessing new knowledge from all sources, to analyse and interpret it in a critical manner, and to apply it appropriately in the provision of health care
  • written and verbal communication skills, including oral presentation skills
  • the ability to apply effective time management and organisational skills

Last updated: 12 March 2019