EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE IN SPEECH PATHOLOGY

HCS5EPS

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students continue to develop the skills required for evidence-based practice in speech pathology. Students will further develop the ability to formulate answerable clinical questions, search for the available evidence, critically appraise the literature and make decisions about practice based on the evidence. The subject incorporates lectures related to evidence-based practice, in all aspects of the speech pathology profession, and tutorials to assist students in developing writing and critical appraisal skills for literature related to a given clinical issue.

SchoolSchool of Allied Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorShane Erickson

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites HCS4RSP

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsEvidence-based practice across the health professionsRecommendedHoffmann, T, Bennett, S, Del Mar, C (eds) 2009ELSEVIER, SYDNEY.
ReadingsHandbook for allied health researchersRecommendedPerry, A, Morris, M & Cotton, S 2009MENZIES FOUNDATION, MELBOURNE.
ReadingsResearch methods in health: foundations for evidence based practiceRecommendedLiamputtong, P (ed) 2010OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, US.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Implement the principles and processes of evidence based practice in a clinical setting. You should be able to: (a explain the relevance and the importance of evidence-based practice; (b) describe the principles of evidence-based practice; (c) implement the processes of evidence-based practice, in terms of a five-step approach; (d) describe potential risks, benefits, and costs involved in maintaining or changing practice; (e) discuss the evidence, in oral and written communications, in a clear and concise manner, with appropriate acknowledgement and citation of sources.

Activities:
Individually completed search strategy/plan. Individually completed written assignment and script of presentation of information for client.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Communication (Communication)

02. Turn specific clinical issues into an answerable practice-related question and acquire relevant evidence to answer the practice-related question. You should be able to: (a) develop a practice-related question using a structured approach, eg. the 'PICO' mnemonic; (b) appraise the question for its appropriateness to address the practice-related problem, issue or situation that is being considered; (c) refine the question so that it best addresses the practice-related problem or issue or situation that is being considered; (d) develop a search strategy that is relevant to the practice-related question.

Activities:
Individually completed search strategy/plan and individually completed written assignment.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)

03. Evaluate the benefits and harms of existing speech pathology programs for specified patients/clients. You should be able to: (a) critically evaluate the literature pertaining to the clinical program/s; (b) use criteria to evaluate the methodological quality of research studies, identify possible sources of bias and evaluate the likely impact of any bias on the study results and conclusions, and decide if a study or studies is/are of sufficient quality to be applied to practice; (c) assess the applicability of the evidence obtained to the client/patient issue in question; (d) identify any environmental, political, economic and/or social factors (including any ethical issues) that may be relevant to the application (or not) of the evidence to practice.

Activities:
Individually completed written assignment and script of presentation of information for client.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

04. Make sound decisions about clinical practice, based on the critically appraised evidence, taking into account the perspectives of a client/patient and context. You should be able to: (a) use the principles of evidence-based practice to analyse available therapeutic approaches; (b) use evidence-based practice to synthesise pertinent papers and literature and relate these to a specific client/clinical context; (c) plan suitable evidence-based intervention for a client, having taken into account their wishes, preference and context.

Activities:
Individually completed written assignment and script of presentation of information for client.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)

05. Assess your own performance on steps 1-4 of the 5-step approach and develop personal learning goals to enhance future performance [step 5 of the five-step approach]. You should be able to: (a) reflect on and document your performance on each of steps 1-4 of the 5-step EBP approach; (b) identify suitable actions to be taken to enhance your future attempts at asking and answering a practice-related question and then transferring the answer to practice.

Activities:
Individually completed written assignment.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2015, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTeresa Iacono

Class requirements

Lecture
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day and delivered via online.

Tutorial
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Online quiz - qualitative research appraisal20 01, 03, 04
One 10-minute individual assignment- podcast presentation information to a clinican40 01, 03, 04
Individually completed 1500 word website with demonstration of a search strategy40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorShane Erickson

Class requirements

Lecture
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Online quiz - qualitative research appraisal20 01, 03, 04
One 10-minute individual assignment- podcast presentation information to a clinican40 01, 03, 04
Individually completed 1500 word website with demonstration of a search strategy40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05