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Archived Version 2008 - 2009

Module Title Research & Nursing Practice 2
Module Code NS312
School School of Nursing and Human Sciences

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Module Co-ordinatorMs Therese LeuferOffice NumberH227
Level 3 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims

•Enhance knowledge and understanding of research designs
•Foster an appreciation of the principles and process of evidence-based practice and its utilisation 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module and following a period of personal study the student will be able to:
•Discuss the evolution and importance of evidence-based practice in Health Care.
•Differentiate between qualitative and quantitative research approaches.
•Recognise utility of qualitative and quantitative approaches to answer practice related questions.
•Develop searchable, answerable practice related questions using an Evidence-based Practice approach.
•Identify sources of up to date, specialist information to underpin practice issue under review..
•Compare and contrast best available evidence to underpin practice.
•Identify principles of methodological rigour in evidence reviewed.
•Integrate clinical expertise and patient preferences to evaluate evidence and make recommendations for future practice.

Indicative Time Allowances
Lectures 24
Tutorials 6
Laboratories 0
Independent Learning Time 45

Total 75
Assume that a 5 credit module load represents approximately 75 hours' work, which includes all teaching, in-course assignments, laboratory work or other specialised training and an estimated private learning time associated with the module.

Indicative Syllabus

Indicative Syllabus:
•Evolution of Evidence-based Practice (EBP).
•Key features of quantitative and qualitative approaches to inquiry.
•Principles and process of EBP including developing searchable, answerable questions.
•Search techniques including database tutorials.
•Research design overview; questions, sampling, analysis, validity & reliability in key approaches.
•Appraising the literature using tools to determine quality.
•Combining clinical expertise with patient preferences (where appropriate) to review the evidence.
•Evaluating & recommending for practice.

Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Indicative Reading List
  • Aveyard H 2007 Doing a Literature Review in health and social care: a practical guide. Berkshire. Open University Press.
  • Berman-Brown R and Saunders M 2008 Dealing with Statistics: What you need to know. Open University Press. Berkshire.

  • Burns N and Grove SK 2003 Understanding nursing research. 3rd Ed. Philadelphia: Saunders
    Cormack, D 2000 The Research Process in Nursing. 4th Ed. Oxford: Blackwell Science.
  • Craig, JV and Smyth RL 2007 The Evidence-Based Practice Manual for Nurses. Second edition. Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, Edinburgh.
  • Gerrish K and Lacey A 2006 The Research Process in Nursing. 5th Ed. Oxford. Blackwell Science.
    LeBiondo-Wood G and Haber J 2006 Nursing Research: Methods & Critical Appraisal for Evidenced Based Practice. 6th Ed. Missouri. Mosby.
  • Melnyk B and Fineout–Overholt E 2005 Evidenced Based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare: Guide to best practice. Philadelphia. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
  • McSherry R, Simmons M and Abbott P 2002 Evidence-Informed Nursing: A Guide for Clinical Nurses. Routledge. London.
  • Newell R and Burnard P 2006 Research for Evidence-Based Practice. Oxford. Blackwell
  • Parahoo K 2006 Nursing Research: Principles, Process and Issues. 2nd ed. Macmillan: Hampshire.
    Pearson A, Field J and Jordan Z (2007) Evidence-Based Clinical Practice in Nursing and Healthcare. Blackwell Publishing. Oxford.
  • Polit D and Beck C 2004 Nursing Research: Principles and Methods. 7th Ed. Philadelphia. Lippincott.
    Punch KF (2000) Developing Effective Research Proposals.  London.  Sage.
  • Young A (2001) Connections: nursing research, theory, and practice.  St. Louis, Mo.  Mosby.
    Wilkinson C 2007 Professional Perspectives in Health Care. Palgrave Macmillan. Hampshire.

Summary information for transcript of training:
This module will prepare students to adopt an evidence-based practice approach to critically reviewing the literature on an area of practice.

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