EMED5501 Research Design in Emergency Medicine

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
This unit examines research methods from the perspective of addressing 'real life' clinical questions in emergency medicine. This unit takes a systematic approach to the learning of research design and statistics and includes: (1) evaluating the literature to define a research question and hypothesis; (2) key characteristics (and examples) of different study designs used in emergency medicine research—experimental, observational, laboratory-based, diagnostic test accuracy, surveys and qualitative; (3) threats to internal and external validity of studies conducted in an emergency care context; (4) hypothesis testing; (5) power and sample size determination; (6) interpretation of measures of association commonly used in emergency care clinical research; (7) interpretation of commonly used statistics in emergency care clinical research; (8) principles of database establishment and data management; (9) assessment of the performance of diagnostic tests performed in emergency medicine; and (10) principles of good clinical research practice (human and animal research).
Students are able to (1) describe and demonstrate the process for developing a research question and research hypothesis; (2) discuss common research methodologies used in emergency medicine research and the approach to developing a research project; (3) interpret and demonstrate appropriate use of statistical analysis; (4) demonstrate appropriate data management; (5) interpret and display research results appropriately; (6) describe challenges to performing research in an emergency medicine environment; and (7) describe the principles of good research practice.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) online quizzes and (2) end-semester examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is available for a student who receives a mark of 45 to 49.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Hanh Ngo
Contact hours
Predominantly online course, approximately 10 hours per week
This unit is suitable for clinical staff in critical care environments to improve their knowledge of research design and methodology to enhance their critical analysis skills of critical care literature, or as a preliminary unit prior to commencing a research project. This unit is approved for the research component of ACEM Fellowship training.
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