The principles of critical appraisal of health literature, and an introduction to research methodology, research design methods, data collection, research reporting and research ethics.
This distance learning paper taught by staff at the Department of General Practice
and Rural Health, Dunedin School of Medicine, provides participants with the skills
to critically appraise applied primary health care and quality improvement research,
through review of key research methods and study designs, data collection and analysis,
research reporting and research ethics. In addition, participants will learn how to
write a research proposal in a topic of their choice. This paper is worth 30 points
and can be credited towards a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma in General Practice
or Primary Health Care. It is a prerequisite for enrolment in the Master of General
This paper is a prerequisite for proceeding to a Master of General Practice degree. Taught from Dunedin.
|Paper title||Research Methods|
|Teaching period||Not offered in 2019, expected to be offered in 2020|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$2,801.50|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$9,869.50|
- GENX 821
- Limited to
- PGCertGP, PGCertPHC, PGDipGP, PGDipHealSc, PGDipPHC, PGDipRPHP, MHealSc
- Suitable for health professionals from a range of disciplines.
Enrolments for this paper are limited and require departmental permission. View more information about limitations of enrolment.
- Teaching staff
- Professor Tim Stokes and Dr Lauralie Richard
- Paper Structure
- Learning modules include:
- Research methods and design
- Data collection and analysis
- Research reporting
- Research ethics
- clinical management and treatment
- practitioner and patient perspectives on care
- health care quality and safety
- primary health care policy and delivery
- Teaching Arrangements
This paper is distance taught using Moodle. There are two compulsory residentials throughout the year that are held in Dunedin. Students are expected to participate in videoconferences.
- Greenhalgh T. How to read a paper: the basics of evidence-based medicine (fifth edition). Chichester: Wiley and BMJ Books, 2014.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
- Learning Outcomes
- Students who successfully complete the paper will develop critical analytic skills
- published research in general practice, primary health care and rural health
- the framing of research designs and questions
- the nature of applied primary health care and quality improvement research and its key study designs, as well as methods for data collection and analysis
- the moral and ethical implications of research of different types and the Otago process for ethics committee review of research proposals
- the Treaty of Waitangi implications for health research and the processes for Maori consultation
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