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    Using examples drawn directly from practice, students apply rehabilitation and evaluation theory and research evidence, to propose and evaluate innovations or changes in rehabilitation service delivery.

    This paper provides students skills in evidence-based best practice in service evaluation from design through to execution. Students complete the course with a template for a locally applicable service evaluation including reporting and disseminating findings to postgraduate standards.

    About this paper

    Paper title Rehabilitation Service Innovation and Evaluation
    Subject Rehabilitation
    EFTS 0.25
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $3,103.25
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    REHX 710
    Limited to
    PGCertRehab, MHealSc, PGCertHealSc, PGDipHealSc, PGDipPhty, PGDipRehab, MPhty

    Eligible for the Diploma in Rehabilitation

    If you have not already done so, please contact the department for course advice before selecting your programme,

    Teaching staff

    Fi Graham

    Teaching Arrangements

    Learning content is provided as a series of pre-recorded lectures supported by fortnightly 90 minute tutorials via videoconferencing. Learning resources, activities and assessment are shared via the Moodle webplatform. One two-day e-seminar involving all RTRU students also occurs early in the semester. whakawhanaunatunga (establishing relationships), and skills development, within the broader Rehabilitation Teaching and Research Unit learning community.

    Textbooks are not required for this paper.
    Course outline

    Seven modules are presented fortnightly covering process and outcome service evaluation in rehabilitation; critical evaluation of research evidence applied to service evaluation design; project scoping and project management; data analysis, interpretation, reporting and implementation in rehabilitation environments.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Research.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    The key learning objectives are:

    • To find, critically appraise and apply research evidence relevant to your clinical practice.
    • To apply principles of best practice rehabilitation to your clinical practice.
    • To evaluate aspects of rehabilitation within your clinical practice and propose service improvements based on reflection and integration of research evidence.
    • To communicate clearly and succinctly to colleagues regarding rehabilitation theory and research, and application of these in clinical practice.


    Semester 2

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