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Postgraduate Course: Evidence Based Medicine for Rural Family Medicine in rural settings (GLHE11029)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will build students' knowledge on how to interpret and analyse knowledge and apply knowledge into clinical practice. Students will learn how to ask and answer clinical questions in their practice and strengthen their interpretive skills in quantifying uncertainties in practice with probabilities.
The course will focus on developing tools for searching, and organising information, for interpreting and using information and for developing processes for managing and applying global evidence into contextually appropriate practice.
Course description Week 1 Understanding concepts of EBM
Week 2 Applying EBM in practice - case studies
Week 3 Understanding critical analysis and building essential research skills
Week 4 Applying EBM in practice - case studies
Week 5 Analysing and Critiquing information systems and building essential research skills
Week 6 Applying EBM in practice - case studies
Week 7 Relating clinical decision making to clinical outcomes and building essential research skills
Week 8 Applying EBM in practice - case studies
Week 9 Understanding the tools for extracting information and building essential research skills
Week 10 Summarising learning
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 40, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 40, Online Activities 40, Formative Assessment Hours 20, Summative Assessment Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 36 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course will be examined through:
Examinable Case reviews including online presentations and reports 40%
Written Case Critique ( 2000 words) 60%
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
The overall aim of the course is to enable students to understand the concepts of evidence based medicine and the process of application of theory into practice in rural low income settings where high income or westernised evidence based interpretative materials are less sensitive.

On completion of this course, the student will:
1. Be familiar with how to use research information to inform decision making in rural practice for family medicine
2. Be able to relate clinical decision making to clinical outcomes
3. Understand the significance of critically analysing day to day practice
4. Be confident to discriminate between strong and weak evidence, with skills to appraise and evaluate different forms of evidence
5. Be able to manage the multiple and alternative information giving systems that rural family medical practitioners are exposed to including pharmaceutical and alternative medical systems
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsFamily Medicine, Evidence based medicine
Course organiserDr Liz Grant
Course secretaryMs Gayle Fitzpatrick
Tel: (0131 6)50 9236
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