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PA50240: Using evidence in practice

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2015/6
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Modular (no specific semester)
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Oral Presentation (CW 15% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • Personal MI Enquiry (CW 20% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • Set MI Enquiry (CW 20% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • Critical Appraisal (CW 45% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this module you must take PA50267
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To increase students' knowledge and develop students' competence in searching, accessing and using information relating to medicines. To provide an overview of the science of evidence based medicine (EBM) and to understand the importance of classifying and evaluating the evidence that is used to inform their practice and clinical decision making.

Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the unit students will be able to:
1. Describe the type and functions of commonly available information resources and be able to list the types of evidence from an EBM perspective.
2. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of the internet and/or local intranet.
3. Use and critically evaluate standard databases to retrieve information.
4. Critically appraise common types and sources of literature including systematic reviews, and to identify the key components of a systematic review.
5. Explain key elements of statistical methods used in literature and calculate numbers needed to treat and similar concepts.
6. Compare and critically evaluate the use and role of UKMi specialist centres, national and international bodies producing reviews, practice interest groups, governmental and professional bodies, the pharmaceutical industry, and private agencies.
7. Reflect on their own interaction with the evidence base and practice in retrieval and use of medicines information and identify areas for continuous improvement


* Planning & organisation (Taught / Facilitated)
* Handling information (Taught / Facilitated /Assessed)
* Written communication (Taught / Facilitated /Assessed)
* Working with others (Taught / Facilitated)
* Scientific & practical skills (Taught / Facilitated /Assessed)
* Improving learning & performance (Taught / Facilitated /Assessed)
* Information & communication technology (ICT) (Taught / Facilitated)
* Problem solving (Taught / Facilitated /Assessed).


* Introduction to Medicines Information
* Answering Enquiries - The Process, Searching for Information, Preparing and Providing an Answer
* Introduction to Evidence Based Practice
* Tools of evidence based medicine
* Systematic review and meta analysis
* Critical Appraisal 1
* CATs and PoEMs
* Critical Appraisal 2
* Searching
* Advanced EBM.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PA50240 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
  • TSPA-ADM07 : MSc Clincal Pharmacy Practice (Secondary Care)
  • TSPA-ADC09 : PG Cert Clincal Pharmacy Practice (Secondary Care)
  • TSPA-ADL08 : PG Dip Clincal Pharmacy Practice (Secondary Care)

PA50240 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2015/16 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2016/17 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2015/16.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.