CQUniversity Unit Profile
ALLH12006 Evidence Based Practice for Health Professionals
Evidence Based Practice for Health Professionals
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General Information

Overview

This unit will introduce you to the principles of evidence-based practice (EBP) and develop your key skills for conducting EBP within clinical settings as an Allied Health Professional. You will be introduced to models of EBP that can be used to guide clinical decision making at an individual patient level and also at a service delivery level, and be required to identify the impacts of EBP on current practice across a variety of fields. During this unit you will gain experience in developing clinically answerable questions, performing information searches, undertaking critical appraisal and synthesising information.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: ALLH11009 Research Methods for Health Professionals

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2020

Online
Rockhampton

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 30%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
3. Oral Examination
Weighting: 40%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Have your Say

Feedback

The content in this unit would be better supported by a textbook.

Recommendation

It is recommended that a textbook be introduced to support the content of this unit.

Feedback from Have your Say

Feedback

Weekly tutorials would be beneficial to this unit, as it would allow students to reaffirm their knowledge and understanding of content.

Recommendation

It is recommended that weekly tutorials be introduced to this unit on a trial basis in 2020.

Feedback from Hay your Say

Feedback

The weekly activities are helpful as they allow students to check their knowledge and understanding of content.

Recommendation

It is recommended that the weekly activities continue to be provided to students within this unit and that they continue to be set up to provide immediate feedback for students.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Apply key concepts related to evidence-based practice
  2. Formulate a clinical research question using the PICO (Population-Intervention-Comparison-Outcome) format
  3. Plan, carry out and evaluate information searches to address specific clinical questions
  4. Critically appraise and evaluate the quality of original research within health professions using established critical appraisal tools
  5. Present a synthesised evaluation of a clinical topic using information acquired from multiple sources.


Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 30%
2 - Oral Examination - 40%
3 - Written Assessment - 30%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 30%
2 - Oral Examination - 40%
3 - Written Assessment - 30%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Evidence-Based Practice across the Health Professions 3 (2017)

Authors: Tammy Hoffman, Sally Bennett, Chris Del Mar
Elsevier
Chatswood Chatswood , NSW , Australia
ISBN: 978-0-7295-4255-5
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

Copies can be purchased at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code)

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • ZOOM (free download available through MyCQU Student Portal)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 6th Edition (APA 6th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Melanie Hayman Unit Coordinator
m.j.hayman@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1: Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Begin Date: 09 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Hoffman et al 2017 - Chapter 1

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2: Information needs, asking questions, and some basics of research studies Begin Date: 16 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Hoffman et al 2017 - Chapter 2

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3: Finding the evidence Begin Date: 23 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Hoffman et al 2017 - Chapter 3

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4: Evidence about effects of interventions Begin Date: 30 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Hoffman et al 2017 - Chapter 4

Hoffman et al 2017 - Chapter 5 (Recommended)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5: Evidence about diagnosis Begin Date: 06 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Hoffman et al 2017 - Chapter 6

Hoffman et al 2017 - Chapter 7 (Recommended)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online Content Quiz 1
Open: Week 5 (6 April 2020) 9.00 am AEST
Close: Week 6 (13 April 2020) 9.00 am AEST

BREAK WEEK Begin Date: 13 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6: Evidence about prognosis Begin Date: 20 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Hoffman et al 2017 - Chapter 8

Hoffman et al 2017 - Chapter 9 (Recommended)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7: Understanding evidence from qualitative research Begin Date: 27 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Hoffman et al 2017 - Chapter 10

Hoffman et al 2017 - Chapter 11 (Recommended)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8: Appraising and interpreting systematic reviews Begin Date: 04 May 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Hoffman et al 2017 - Chapter 12

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9: Appraising and interpreting evidence from clinical practice guidelines Begin Date: 11 May 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Hoffman et al 2017 - Chapter 13

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online Content Quiz 2
Open: Week 9 (11 May 2020) 9.00 am AEST
Close: Week 10 (18 May 2020) 9.00 am AEST


PICO question, systematic information search and critical appraisal Due: Week 9 Monday (11 May 2020) 9:00 am AEST
Week 10: Shared decision making and clinical reasoning Begin Date: 18 May 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Hoffman et al 2017 - Chapter 14

Hoffman et al 2017 - Chapter 15

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11: Implementing and embedding evidence into routine clinical care Begin Date: 25 May 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Hoffman et al 2017 - Chapter 16

Hoffman et al 2017 - Chapter 17

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12: Putting it all together Begin Date: 01 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online Content Quiz 3
Open: Week 12 (1 June 2020) 9.00 am AEST
Close: Review Week (8 June 2020) 9.00 am AEST


The impact of evidence-based practice on patient care Due: Week 12 Monday (1 June 2020) 9:00 am AEST
Term Specific Information

Weekly lectures will be delivered live (face-to-face) via the Rockhampton campus.

These lectures will also be recorded and made readily available via our ALLH12006 Moodle page for all students.

Weekly tutorials will be delivered via Zoom for all students.

These tutorials will also be recorded and made readily available via our ALLH12006 Moodle page for all students.

There will also be weekly 'Drop-In' sessions via Zoom to ask questions, seek understanding and discuss content etc. with the teaching team.

Links to all recordings and access to zoom sessions are located under the appropriate week.

Assessment Tasks

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Online Content Quizzes

Task Description

Content covered throughout the term will be assessed in a series of online content quizzes. There will be 3 online content quizzes in total.

Each quiz will consist of 60 multiple choice or true/false questions.

Each quiz will be open to students for a duration of 7 days, as outlined below:

  1. Online Content Quiz 1 - Monday 6 April 2020, 9am AEST - Monday 13 April 2020, 9am AEST
  2. Online Content Quiz 2 - Monday 11 May 2020, 9am AEST - Monday 18 May 2020, 9am AEST
  3. Online Content Quiz 3 - Monday 1 June 2020, 9am AEST - Monday 8 June 20120, 9am AEST

The total scores from each of the 3 online content quizzes will be tallied to determine the overall mark out of 180. The total score will then be converted to a % score out of a maximum 30%.

Further detail is available on the ALLH11009 Moodle page under the 'Assessment' tab.


Number of Quizzes


Frequency of Quizzes


Assessment Due Date

There are three online content quizzes to complete throughout the term


Return Date to Students

Grades and feedback will be returned to students upon the closure of each quiz


Weighting
30%

Minimum mark or grade
This assessment task is a MUST PASS task. The minimum mark to pass this assessment task is 50%.

Assessment Criteria

Students are required to answer 60 multiple choice or true/false questions per quiz, and will be allocated 80 minutes to complete each quiz.

Further detail is available on the ALLH12006 Moodle page under the 'Assessment' tab.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
All online content quizzes must be completed via Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply key concepts related to evidence-based practice
  • Formulate a clinical research question using the PICO (Population-Intervention-Comparison-Outcome) format
  • Plan, carry out and evaluate information searches to address specific clinical questions
  • Critically appraise and evaluate the quality of original research within health professions using established critical appraisal tools


Graduate Attributes
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
PICO question, systematic information search and critical appraisal

Task Description

1. Develop an answerable research question that is consistent with the PICO format

2. Carry out a systematic information search, using at least three (3) electronic academic databases, available through the CQUniversity Library

3. Search, review and refine your articles using the PRISMA search template

4. Critically appraise one journal article reporting a Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT), using the appropriate CASP tool


Assessment Due Date

Week 9 Monday (11 May 2020) 9:00 am AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 11 Monday (25 May 2020)

Grades and feedback will be returned two weeks after submission date


Weighting
30%

Minimum mark or grade
This assessment task is a MUST PASS task. The minimum mark to pass this assessment task is 50%.

Assessment Criteria

1. PICO Question - Identification of PICO elements, development of research question

2. Search Strategy - Selection of academic databases and search strategy

3. Systematic Information Search - PRISMA flow diagram

4. Section A of CASP - All elements of Section A (Are the results of the trial valid) of the CASP tool

5. Section B of CASP - All elements of Section B (What are the results) of the CASP tool

6. Section C of CASP - All elements of Section C (Will the results help locally) of the CASP tool

7. Formatting/layout - Completion of template

8. Academic Writing - Formal, objective clear and concise language


Further detail, including the assessment Task Sheet and Criteria Sheet, are available on the ALLH12006 Moodle page under the 'Assessment' tab.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Your submission must be uploaded as two (2) documents (1 x word file (doc. or docx. format) and 1 x PDF (article reviewed))

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply key concepts related to evidence-based practice
  • Present a synthesised evaluation of a clinical topic using information acquired from multiple sources.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Ethical practice
  • Social Innovation

3 Oral Examination

Assessment Title
The impact of evidence-based practice on patient care

Task Description

This task requires you to:

1. Investigate how a treatment/diagnosis/prognosis/patient care approach has changed based on EBP, and the impact it has had on the quality of patient care

2. Deliver an oral presentation that highlights the benefits/risks of the current treatment/diagnosis/prognosis/patient care approach, as well as recommendations for future research


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Monday (1 June 2020) 9:00 am AEST


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Monday (15 June 2020)

Grades and feedback will be returned two weeks after submission date


Weighting
40%

Minimum mark or grade
This assessment task is a MUST PASS task. The minimum mark to pass this assessment task is 50%.

Assessment Criteria

1. Background - Background of the condition / issue

2. History - History of the treatment/diagnosis/prognosis/patient care approach

3. Changes - Changes to the treatment/diagnosis/prognosis/patient care approach based on EBP (or the failure to apply EBP) including the research that has informed the progression

4. Benefits and Risks - Benefits and risks of the current treatment/diagnosis/prognosis/patient care approach

5. Recommendations - Recommendations for further research required to inform the current treatment/diagnosis/prognosis/patient care approach

6. Referencing - Skill in using APA referencing conventions

7. PowerPoint Content - Correct formatting, clear and concise, logical progression

8. Presentation Skills - language clear and concise, engaging


Further detail, including the assessment Task Sheet and Criteria Sheet, are available on the ALLH12006 Moodle page under the 'Assessment' tab.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
This assessment must be uploaded through Moodle as a PDF document of the powerpoint slides. The powerpoint slides will include a link to a Vimeo video of the presentation. No other formats will be accepted.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Formulate a clinical research question using the PICO (Population-Intervention-Comparison-Outcome) format
  • Plan, carry out and evaluate information searches to address specific clinical questions
  • Critically appraise and evaluate the quality of original research within health professions using established critical appraisal tools
  • Present a synthesised evaluation of a clinical topic using information acquired from multiple sources.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Ethical practice

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

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