Evidence Based Practice (Health) - WKBL8300

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This module is not currently running in 2023 to 2024.


100% coursework
You focus on developing your skills as a professional healthcare practitioner to become an effective user of research findings, with a view to the enhancement of quality service outcomes. Sessions concentrate on the analysis of literature in order to inform evidence-based practice. You become familiar with critical appraisal tools and the statistical principles used to analyse data. The module culminates in an assignment designed to consider the extent of external evidence available and how this can be applied to improve outcomes within your area of professional practice.


Contact hours


Indicative reading

Aveyard, H. (2014) Doing a Literature Review in Health and Social Care, a practical guide. 3rd Edition - Excellent for initial understanding. Maidenhead: McGraw Hill.
Aveyard, H. and Sharp, P. (2013) A Beginner’s Guide To Evidence Based Practice in Health and Social Care. 2nd Edition. Maidenhead: McGraw Hill.
Dawes, M. (2004) Evidence-Based Practice: A Primer for Health Care Professionals. 2nd Edition. UK: Elsevier Health Sciences.
Evans, D. & Haines, A.(2000) Implementing Evidence Based Changes in Healthcare. Oxford: Radcliffe Medical Press.
Greenhalgh, T. (2014), How to read a paper: The basics of evidence based medicine. 5th ed. London: BMJ Publishing Group.
Machi, L. & McEvoy, B. (2012), The Literature Review; Six Steps to Success. 2nd Edition. USA: Corwin Press
Ridley, D. (2012) The literature review: a step by step guide for students. 2nd Edition. London: Sage.
Trinder, L. Reynolds, S. (2000) Evidence-based practice: a critical appraisal. London: Blackwell Publishing.

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Learning outcomes

Understand in depth the role of Evidence Based Practice in the context of the healthcare organisations and be able to critically analyse the potential and constraints of this movement for their current practice.
Formulate a focused question pertinent to their work-based practice as a prelude to building an effective search strategy.
Design and implement an informed search strategy to identify the best available evidence, utilising a range of database tools and techniques
Critically evaluate the literature using recognised appraisal tools to assess validity and relevance.
Understand in depth the process of data management and be able to apply this knowledge to a working clinical database in terms of the evaluation of data quality, integrity and bias

Understand the main statistical principles and methods used to analyse clinical data with emphasis on the ability to evaluate appropriate and inappropriate application.

Critically reflect on the process of effective integration of individual professional expertise with best available evidence to improve the provision of health care within the context of the participants’ own practice


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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