University of Technology Sydney

91828 Evidence Based Practice in Medical Science

6cp; This subject has of a combination of online learning activities and on-campus workshops. Online learning activities need to be completed within specified timeframes. The on-campus workshops are facilitated by experts in the field, and form an integral component of all assessment tasks, therefore attendance is strongly encouraged.
Requisite(s): 91400 Human Anatomy and Physiology
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Anti-requisite(s): 91175 Evidence-based Medical Science AND 91176 Case Studies in Medical Science AND 91194 Evidence Based Practice in Medical Science


The evidence-based medicine process is central to the advancement of health and the development of solutions to medical problems. In this subject, students develop the capacity to propose recommendations after judicious comparisons of the benefits and harms of different clinical options for health problems. This subject develops skills in asking clinical questions, acquiring the best evidence, appraising the evidence for validity and usefulness to specific patient populations, and applying the best evidence by proposing health recommendations. An understanding of the processes by which scientific discoveries are translated to clinical practice is a vital component for any career in medical science. This subject explores emerging and longstanding healthcare issues and their solutions through critical analyses of published clinical trials. Students synthesise findings from clinical research through interactive workshops and student-led discussions to make informed judgements on medical science problems and solutions. Students learn about clinical trial design, methodologies, ethical considerations, and the factors that influence the validity of trials. Students also develop and practice skills in communication, with particular focus on understanding how to tailor output towards different audiences, and in formats that are relevant to a variety of careers and professional roles of medical scientists.

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