15 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: The module describes how to set up a literature search using relevant search terms and databases. It also provides a basic introduction to statistics that will be particularly relevant for critical appraisal skills. It then goes onto describing how to identify, select, critically appraise and implement research evidence relevant to emergency medicine. Studies evaluating diagnostic tests, therapeutic interventions and changes in service delivery will be examined in detail. The module will use practical exercises, including literature searches and critical appraisal of relevant papers, to put the knowledge learnt into practice. An introduction to Good Clinical Practice will also be undertaken with GCP certification being awarded on satisfactory completion of the assessment. Practical exercises will include both formative and summative assessments of work.

Staff Contact: Sue Mason
Teaching Methods: Independent Study,
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work

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