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PHCY510 Evidence-Based Practice

Fundamental skills and knowledge for medicines optimisation, including understanding the patient, clinical assessment, goal setting, critical appraisal, and designing an evidence-based plan of care.

PHCY510 will focus on foundational skills required for medicines optimisation. The paper consists of two structured modules each focused on a core principle. The order of the modules is designed to mirror the sequence of events that may occur when pharmacists are undertaking a consultation for clinical medicines assessment. The focus of the teaching and learning activities will therefore be patient-centred rather than theory.

Paper title Evidence-Based Practice
Paper code PHCY510
Subject Pharmacy
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (4 February 2019 - 31 May 2019)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,801.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $9,869.50

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PHCY 541, PHCX 541
Limited to
Limited to: PGCertPharm, PGDipClinPharm

Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinator Dr Dan Wright, Senior Lecturer


Textbooks are not required for this paper

Teaching Arrangements

One compulsory 2-day weekend workshop (February) and six 2-hour video conferences

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this paper, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate effective communication in clinical practice, both orally and in writing
  2. Understand the impact that culture has on how people think about and experience illness, interact with healthcare providers, and use medicines
  3. Conduct a clinical assessment to establish patient-centered goals, including the interpretation of basic diagnostic aids, and laboratory values
  4. Critically appraise published studies in the medical literature
  5. Design an evidence-based plan of care
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Self-motivation.
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Paper Structure

The paper consists of two structured modules each focused on a core principle.

  • In the first module students will focus on core principles around communication, cultural responsive, clinical work-up, and patient goal setting.
  • In the second module, students will examine how treatment guidelines, and other forms of evidence, can inform the choice of medicines and will then apply this information to design an evidence-based treatment plan.

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1st Non standard period (4 February 2019 - 31 May 2019)

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system