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PHCY541 Medicines Information

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