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PA50240: Using evidence in practice

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2018/9
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
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 85%, OR 15%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Oral Presentation (OR 15%)
  • MI Enquiry (CW 40%)
  • Critical Appraisal (CW 45%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: In taking this module you cannot take PA50340
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:
On successful completion of this unit the student will be able to:
1. Compare and critically evaluate the use and role of UKMi specialist centres, national and international bodies producing reviews, and others such as practice interest groups, charities, governmental and professional bodies, and the pharmaceutical industry.
2. Describe the type and functions of commonly available information resources and be able to use an EBM approach in their practice.
3. Use and critically evaluate standard databases to retrieve information.
4. Critically appraise common types and sources of literature including systematic reviews and RCTs, and to identify the key components of this type of literature.
5. Explain key elements of statistical methods used in literature and calculate key indicators such as numbers needed to treat, relative risk and similar concepts.
6. 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 and Evidence Based Practice
* Finding and Using Evidence - The Process, Searching for Information
* Evaluating the information
* Tools of evidence based medicine
- Systematic review and meta analysis.
- Critical Appraisal 1
- CATs and PoEMs
- Critical Appraisal 2
- Advanced EBM
* Using the Evidence
- Preparing and Providing an Answer
- Clinical Decision Making.
Before taking this module you must take PA50267
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PA50240 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
  • TSPA-ADM07 : MSc Clinical Pharmacy Practice (Secondary Care)
  • TSPA-ADM18 : MSc Clinical Pharmacy Practice (Secondary Care)
  • TSPA-ADC09 : PG Cert Clinical Pharmacy Practice (Secondary Care)
  • TSPA-ADC18 : PG Cert Clinical Pharmacy Practice (Secondary Care)
  • TSPA-ADL08 : PG Dip Clinical Pharmacy Practice (Secondary Care)
  • TSPA-ADL18 : PG Dip Clinical Pharmacy Practice (Secondary Care)

PA50240 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology