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PA500424: Evidence based pharmacy practice

[Page last updated: 03 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Credits: 15 CATS credits
Notional Study Hours: 150
Level: FHEQ level 7
Modular (no specific semester)
Assessment Summary: OR 25%, PF 75%
Assessment Detail:
  • Medicines Related Question (PF 25%)
  • Critical Appraisal (PF 50%)
  • Oral Presentation (OR 25%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: In taking this module you cannot take PA500358
Learning Outcomes: Locate, critically evaluate and utilise evidence from published sources to enhance evidence-based practice through application to clinical reasoning and professional judgement.

Identify and appraise appropriate information needed to make safe and logical decisions when answering medicines-related questions, using an efficient and systematic approach to formulate a concise answer appropriate to the recipient.

Critically evaluate the evidence base and apply clinical reasoning and professional judgement to the management of atrial fibrillation (AF), stroke and transient ischaemic attack (TIA).

Aims: To increase students' knowledge and develop students' competence in searching, accessing and critically appraising information relating to medicines to make evidence-based decisions.

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.

Skills: Study skills
Basic clinical examination skills
Consultation skills
Communication skills
Written communication
Problem solving
Working with others
Handling information
Leadership skills - influencing skills, challenging inappropriate prescribing
Planning and organisation
Improving learning and performance
Scientific and practical skills
Reflective practice
Information & communication technology.

Content: Introduction to evidence-based practice
Answering medicines-related questions:
* the process,
* eliciting information,
* systematic searching of sources,
* evaluating information, preparing and providing an answer
Critical appraisal
Therapeutic topics - atrial fibrillation (AF), stroke and transient ischaemic attack (TIA).

Programme availability:

PA500424 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology


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