Using Evidence in Health Care Practice

The details
Health and Social Care (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
01 May 2019


Requisites for this module


HS754, HS755, HS859

Key module for

MSC B74024 Nursing (Adult) (Pre-Registration),
MSC B740SO Nursing (Adult) (Pre-Registration),
MSC B76024 Nursing (Mental Health) (Pre-Registration),
MSC B760SO Nursing (Mental Health) (Pre-Registration),
MSC B93024 Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration),
MSC B62024 Speech and Language Therapy (Pre-Registration),
DIP A40012 Periodontology,
MSC A40036 Periodontology,
DIP A40112 Advanced Periodontal Practice,
MSC A40136 Advanced Periodontal Practice

Module description

There is an appreciation you each bring to this module a diverse range of knowledge and experience of both evidence-based practice and use of on line media. The purpose of this module is to support development of a critical response to evidence to support your growth as a professional healthcare worker. Evidence-based practice underpins every single module you study and every day you spend on placement and every patient contact. This module therefore supports all other activities on your programme, and is not a separate and discrete topic

Module aims

This module will help you to develop rigorous critical appraisal skills to support evidence based practice in health care and to develop a rich understanding of types of evidence in order to apply evidence in practice settings, and to support the skills necessary to produce a literature review that appraises, synthesises and interprets the implications of a body of evidence. The aim of this module is to support you to a level where you can apply evidence to professional practice and are prepared for the second year research module (HS859). Additionally we aim
to enable you to explore the wide range of on line learning methods and resources so that you can embed evidence based practice into your professional development.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:
1. Explain, critically appraise and evaluate principles of evidenced based health care practice for your professional discipline, and evaluate the impact of using evidence to support practice.

2. Utilise appropriate research tools, strategies and frameworks to define and refine practice based questions, to systematically search for and retrieve relevant peer reviewed articles and grey literature.

3. Critique, adapt and apply a range of research methods, governance strategies and ethical practices to the appraisal of quality and content of research output, papers and reports within your own professional discipline.

4. Synthesise a body of evidence: integrating an assessment of quality with an appraisal of findings; drawing detailed, nuanced, well considered conclusions; and applying research findings to specific contextual issues for evidence based practice within your own professional discipline.

5. Present work in a professional manner, competently expressed and edited and using language appropriate to the professional discipline and required ethical standards. Use appropriate citation and referencing protocols ensuring that evidence presented is proportionate to claims made.

Module information

This is an inter-professional module involving 5 disciplines:

Adult Nursing
Mental Health Nursing
Occupational Therapy
Speech & Language Therapy

Learning and teaching methods

On-line learning with supporting tutorials and seminars


  • David L. Sackett et al. (1996) 'Evidence Based Medicine: What It Is And What It Isn't: It's About Integrating Individual Clinical Expertise And The Best External Evidence', in BMJ: British Medical Journal. vol. 312 (7023) , pp.71-72
  • Walker, Jan; Almond, Palo. (2010) Interpreting statistical findings: a guide for health professionals and students, Maidenhead: Open University Press.
  • Greenhalgh, Trisha. (©2019) How to read a paper: the basics of evidence-based medicine and healthcare, Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
  • Bryman, Alan. (2016) Social research methods, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Aveyard, Helen; Sharp, Pam. (©2017) A beginner's guide to evidence-based practice in health and social care, London: Open University Press, McGraw-Hill Education.
  • Rebar, Cherie R.; Gersch, Carolyn J.; Macnee, Carol L. (2015) Understanding research for evidence-based practice, Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer.
  • Cochrane | Trusted evidence. Informed decisions. Better health., http://www.cochrane.org/
  • Aveyard, Helen. (2019) Doing a literature review in health and social care: a practical guide, London: Open University Press.
  • Greenhalgh, Trisha; Howick, Jeremy; Maskrey, Neal. (2014-06-13) 'Evidence based medicine: a movement in crisis?', in BMJ. vol. 348 (jun13 4) , pp.g3725-g3725
  • Hart, Chris. (©2018) Doing a literature review: releasing the research imagination, Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.
  • Aveyard, Helen; Sharp, Pam; Woolliams, Mary. (2015) A beginner's guide to critical thinking and writing in health and social care, Maidenhead: Open University Press.
  • Pope, Catherine; Mays, Nicholas; Popay, Jennie. (2007) Synthesizing qualitative and quantitative health evidence: a guide to methods, Maidenhead: Open University Press, McGraw Hill Education.
  • Scott, Ian; Mazhindu, Debbie. (2014) Statistics for healthcare professionals, Los Angeles: SAGE.
  • Robson, Colin; McCartan, Kieran. (2016) Real world research: a resource for users of social research methods in applied settings, Chichester: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
  • PRISMA, http://www.prisma-statement.org/statement.htm
  • Polgar, Stephen; Thomas, Shane A. (2013) Introduction to research in the health sciences, Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework MSc SLT - Workbook 100%
Coursework SOUTHEND Workbook - MSc Adult Nursing and MSc Mental Health
Coursework COLCHESTER - Resubmission MSc Adult Nursing and MSc Mental Health Workbook 100%
Coursework SOUTHEND Workbook - MSc Adult Nursing and MSc Mental Health - RESUBMISSION
Coursework SOUTHEND Workbook - 2nd resubmission 100%

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Winifred Eboh, Sarah Lee, Julie Austin, Adrian Mallows and Dr Phil Cannell
Cerys Somers/Hannah Duncan ipladmin@essex.ac.uk - 01206 874496



External examiner

Mrs Julia Mary Terry
Swansea University
Associate Professor
Dr Philip Charles Clissett
University of Nottingham
Assistant Professor in Adult Nursing
Dr Lynsey Parrott
Plymouth Marjon University
Senior lecturer
Mrs Julia Mary Terry
Swansea University
Associate Professor
Dr Philip Charles Clissett
University of Nottingham
Assistant Professor in Adult Nursing
Available via Moodle
Of 48 hours, 42 (87.5%) hours available to students:
6 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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