EMED5502 Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1OnlineOnline
Semester 2OnlineOnline
This unit focuses on the practical application of the principles of evidence-based medicine to clinical practice in emergency and acute care clinical settings. Evidence-based medicine is "the integration of best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values". Through the use of case-based scenarios, participants develop the knowledge and skills to effectively and critically appraise research papers relating to care in a clinical context, including the ability to decide on the applicability of the evidence to address a specific clinical question. The emphasis is on the incorporation of scientific evidence into individualised patient care. Students are encouraged to address clinical questions applicable to their specific clinical context.

The content of the unit includes (1) asking answerable questions relating to clinical practice in emergency care; (2) finding the evidence; (3) managing information resources efficiently; (4) critical appraisal of research papers addressing different types of clinical questions in emergency care; (5) translation of the research evidence into practice; and (6) critical consideration of the strengths and weaknesses of the 'evidence-based medicine' paradigm in emergency care practice.
Students are able to (1) discuss the strengths and limitations of evidence-based medicine in the emergency clinical context; (2) formulate answerable clinical questions based on 'real-life' clinical scenarios; (3) find relevant research papers using sensitive and specific search strategies; (4) discuss the relative merit of the various evidence-based practice online resources; (5) critically review the research evidence relating to different types of clinical research questions in emergency care; (6) identify the highest level of evidence to address specific emergency care research questions; and (7) manage information sources efficiently.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) online quizzes; (2) online presentation; and (3) an end-of-unit examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Tony Celenza
Unit rules
Advisable prior study:
EMED5501 Research Design in Emergency Medicine
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019_ONLINE [SEM-1_2019_ONLINE]
This unit is suitable for clinical staff in emergency and critical care practice to improve their understanding and application of the literature related to clinical care, and as a preliminary unit when considering the commencement of a research project.

This unit meets the requirement for one unit of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine trainee research requirement by coursework.
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