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The use of drug information resources, information technology, literature searching and critical appraisal. Application of these techniques in pharmacy practice.
PHCY 541 will introduce the fundamental principles of evidence-based practice. The paper consists of three structured modules, each focused on a core topic. Students will develop advanced skills in information mastery, critical appraisal and evidence-based practice. A particular emphasis throughout the paper will be the practical application of these skills to meet the needs of individual patients. Students will complete a series of structured exercises, group and individual assignments and discussion board activities throughout the semester. An active learning environment, where students engage with their peers and tutors on a regular basis, is encouraged and supported.
|Paper title||Medicines Information|
|Teaching period||1st Non standard period (12 February 2018 - 20 June 2018)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$2,746.50|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$9,490.00|
- PHCX 541
- Limited to
- PGCertPharm, PGDipClinPharm
- Teaching staff
- Paper Co-ordinator: Dr Dan Wright, Senior
Professional Practice Fellow: Mr Dave Woods
- Paper Structure
- The paper consists of three modules, introduced sequentially over the course of the
Module 1 - Information Mastery: We will explore information retrieval and clinical question construction and provide a refresher on different study types in medical literature. In addition, students will receive training on how to respond to general drug information queries.
Module 2 - Critical Appraisal: We will review elementary statistical principles, such as p-values, odds-ratios, relative risk, sample sizes, and numbers-needed-to-treat or harm (NNT and NNH). We will explore the fundamental principles of critical appraisal as they apply to different study types and learn about the quantification of risk-benefit in published randomised controlled trials.
Module 3 - Evidence-Based Practice: Students will apply their knowledge of evidence-based medicine in clinical settings.
- Teaching Arrangements
- One compulsory 2-day weekend workshop (February) and six 2-hour videoconferences.
- Textbooks are not required for this paper.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking,
Information literacy, Self-motivation.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Students who successfully complete the paper will
- Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of evidence-based medicine and information retrieval
- Critically appraise published studies in the medical literature
- Apply the principles of evidence-based practice to optimise the use of medicines in the clinical setting
- Demonstrate effective communication about clinical information, both orally and in writing