CRITICAL REVIEW IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

OCT5CRS

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Credit points: 45

Subject outline

This year long subject has two sections. Sections 1: Students will focus on research procedures in qualitative and quantitative methods to extend their evidence-based practice knowledge and skills. Students will be introduced to the concept of evidence-based practice in occupational therapy and guided through the process of how to ask clinically relevant questions, search for the evidence and critically appraise published research. Section 2: Students will work in small groups on clinical questions identified in relation to a selected field in occupational therapy. Students will search and critically evaluate the literature to determine the evidence to answer a clinical question. Hurdle tasks will be used to guide the process from refining the search question to synthesising the results. Students will prepare a critical review of the literature in the form of reviews of papers and synthesis of evidence including consultation with expert clinicians.

SchoolSchool of Allied Health

Credit points45

Subject Co-ordinatorMary Kennedy-Jones

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Co-requisitesN/A

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Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsEvidence based practice: across the health professionsPrescribedHoffman, T, Bennett, S & Del Marc, C 2010CHURCHILL LIVINGSTON, CHATSWOOD, NSW.
ReadingsResearch methods in health: foundations for evidence-based practiceRecommendedLiamputtong, P 2010OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, MELBOURNE.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Students will apply a comprehensive and systematic approach to analysis of situational needs, generation of a clinical question and search for research evidence to address the question

Activities:
Demonstrated technical competence in conducting comprehensive searches for evidence using multiple health sciences databases, the internet and in organising results using bibliographic software Be able to determine and select relevant evidence and appraise its methodological quality
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Communication (Communication)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

02. Students will be able to analyse data reported in the literature to interpret the clinical significance of research findings and extrapolate implicaitons for practice and future reserach

Activities:
Discussion of research literature in relation to its implications for OT practice
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Communication (Communication)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)
Speaking (Speaking)
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

03. Students will investigate, critique and synthensise evidence from a variety of sources to answer their clinical question

Activities:
Demonstrated the ability to think critically and appraise evidence within health sciences literature Be able to synthesise findings from multiple research studies in order to answer professional practice questions Demonstrate ability to communicate a summary of evidence and proposed future research succinctly and clearly both in writing and orally
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Communication (Communication)
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

04. Students will work effectively in a team and independently to distribute workload and achieve high quality products and display personal responsibility

Activities:
By undertaking independent and group based learning tasks
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Teamwork (Teamwork)

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