SEARCHING AND EVALUATION OF EVIDENCE FOR SPORTS AND MUSCULOSKELETAL PHYSIOTHERAPISTS

PTY5SEE

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will develop the knowledge and skills required for evidence-based practice in musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy. Students will develop skills in formulating answerable clinical questions, searching for the available evidence, critical appraisal of the literature and making decisions about clinical practice based on the evidence. The subject is comprised of online learning modules, resources, facilitated discussion board tasks and required readings. Students will complete a written Critically Appraised Topic (CAT) based on a sports or musculoskeletal physiotherapy problem that the student has encountered in clinical practice.

SchoolSchool of Allied Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorEdmund Leahy

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in one of the following courses: HCSP - Graduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy or HCMP - Graduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPractical evidence based physiotherapy.PrescribedHerbert R, Jamtvedt G, Birger Hagen K & Mead J 2011ELSEVIER-BUTTERWORTH HEINEMANN.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Formulate an answerable musculoskeletal or sports clinical research question

Activities:
1. Online learning modules with written guidelines, mini-online powerpoint lectures and facilitated discussion forums. 2. Hurdle task of posting a case study, formulating a clinical question and completing a database search. Feedback given by online tutor and peers. 3. Completion of Critically Appraised topic.

02. Construct and execute a comprehensive, efficient search strategy to locate relevant evidence from a range of relevant sources.

Activities:
1. Online learning modules with written guidelines, mini-online powerpoint lectures, podcast interviews with published researchers and facilitated discussion forums. 2. Essential task and hurdle tasks. Feedback given by online tutor and peers. 3. Completion of Critically Appraised Topic.

03. Develop clear inclusion and exclusion criteria based on the research question, and then assess the evidence using these criteria.

Activities:
1. Online learning modules with written guidelines, mini-online powerpoint lectures, podcast interviews with published researchers and facilitated discussion forums. 2. Essential task and hurdle tasks. Feedback given by online tutor and peers. 3. Completion of Critically Appraised Topic.

04. Critically appraise the methodology of a variety of research designs relevant to musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy

Activities:
1. Online learning modules with written guidelines, mini-online Powerpoint lectures, podcast interviews with published researchers and facilitated discussion forums. 2. Essential task and hurdle tasks. Feedback given by online tutor and peers. 3. Completion of Critically Appraised Topic.

05. Interpret and summarise research findings to answer the formulated musculoskeletal or sports physiotherapy clinical research question

Activities:
1. Online learning modules with written guidelines, mini-online Powerpoint lectures, podcast interviews with published researchers and facilitated discussion forums. 2. Essential task and hurdle tasks. Feedback given by online tutor and peers. 3. Completion of Critically Appraised Topic

06. Plan to integrate research into clinical practice.

Activities:
1. Online learning modules with written guidelines, mini-online Powerpoint lectures, podcast interviews with published researchers and facilitated discussion forums. 2. Essential task and hurdle tasks. Feedback given by online tutor and peers. 3. Completion of Critically Appraised Topic

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Melbourne, 2018, All Year, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEdmund Leahy

Class requirements

Lecture/Seminar Week: 10 - 43
One 6.0 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"Online learning modules (written, lectures and tutor-facilitated discussion forums) and independent learning equivalent to six hours per week for 26 weeks."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Hurdle tasks on Discussion Board (equiv to 500 words).Contribution to Discussion Board tasks pertaining to formulating a research question and searching literature.6 01, 02, 03
One 1,500-word assignment.Appraisal of a study related to diagnosis.34 01, 02, 04
One 3,000-word CAT assignment.Critically Appraised Topic.60 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06