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PHCY541 Medicines Information

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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
Paper code PHCY541
Subject Pharmacy
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
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

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PHCX 541
Limited to
PGCertPharm, PGDipClinPharm
Teaching staff
Paper Co-ordinator: Dr Dan Wright, Senior Lecturer
Professional Practice Fellow: Mr Dave Woods
Paper Structure
The paper consists of three modules, introduced sequentially over the course of the semester.

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
  1. Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of evidence-based medicine and information retrieval
  2. Critically appraise published studies in the medical literature
  3. Apply the principles of evidence-based practice to optimise the use of medicines in the clinical setting
  4. Demonstrate effective communication about clinical information, both orally and in writing

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1st Non standard period (12 February 2018 - 20 June 2018)

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