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REHB712 Rethinking Rehabilitation

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

Integration of the student’s reflections on their experience as clinician, consumer, funder/manager with research findings to evaluate contemporary and challenging rehabilitation process/outcome questions arising from their rehabilitation setting.

In this paper students will evaluate and rethink current rehabilitation practice by examining existing rehabilitation research. This paper will increase the student's ability to synthesis and apply research and practical knowledge in their own field of expertise.

Paper title Rethinking Rehabilitation
Paper code REHB712
Subject Rehabilitation
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2020, expected to be offered in 2022
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,857.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $10,363.00

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REHX 702, REHX 712
Limited to
MHealSc, PGCertRehab, PGDipPhty, PGDipRehab, PGDipHealSc, MPhty

Suitable for people who hold a degree or diploma from a New Zealand university or are in an appropriate profession approved by the academic board.
If you have not already done so, please contact the department for course advice before selecting your programme,

Teaching staff
Dr Jean Hay-Smith
Teaching Arrangements
One 2-day compulsory seminar held at the University of Otago, Wellington campus
All information will be on Moodle.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this paper you will be able to
  1. Illustrate the ability to integrate 'evidence' drawn from your rehabilitation experience with research to re-evaluate current rehabilitation process and outcomes
  2. Describe an area of uncertainty in rehabilitation and identify the ways in which this both challenges current rehabilitation process and/or outcomes and creates opportunity
  3. Outline a range of electronic databases containing reports of rehabilitation research and evaluate the trustworthiness of commonly used Internet-based evidence sources
  4. Construct and execute an effective and efficient search strategy and demonstrate the ability to critique the sensitivity and specificity of the search strategy
  5. Explain 'usefulness' and 'meaningfulness' (and related terms such as internal and external validity) as concepts applied to the screening, selection, critique and application of original research
  6. Define terms such as validity, reproducibility, responsiveness and utility and explain why these are important in the selection of psychometrically robust outcome measures that have utility for practice and research
  7. Justify the choice of evidence from a literature search to address a question
  8. Justify the choice of an outcome measure for use in practice or research
  9. Evaluate a research report based on critique of the design and conduct of the study, the clinical importance of the outcomes, and the extent to which the study findings can be generalised to a defined rehabilitation setting
  10. Demonstrate reflexivity - examine the influence your beliefs, values and experiences may have on their interpretations of other 'evidence' and its application
  11. Participate in multidisciplinary debate and display the ability to constructively critique yours and others' contributions to discussion
  12. Organise and give an oral presentation to an appropriate standard, such as the multidisciplinary in-service professional education setting

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Not offered in 2020, expected to be offered in 2022

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