This subject will develop students' skills in finding, understanding and evaluating research evidence relevant to different types of health-related questions. This subject will promote a sophisticated understanding of evidence-based practice, including its limitations and possible risks. A range of research designs and specific research methods are considered in terms of their appropriateness for addressing different types of questions, taking into account broader contextual factors and possible ethical issues. Indigenous research methodologies are included, with a focus on Australian Indigenous research. Students will develop the knowledge, skills and confidence required to search for published research on a question and to evaluate the quality of the reporting, the appropriateness of the methods used and the validity and real-world value of the authors' conclusions. Consideration is also given to the possible social-justice implications of research findings and how they are reported. This subject is thus foundational for evidence based practice and will inform students' life-long learning as research-literate and ethical health professionals.
School of Community Health
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