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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 formulate clinical questions in their practice, find potential answers to those questions and analyse the quality of the evidence.

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 1. Introduction to EBM

2. Clinical questions and finding the evidence

3. Finding and critically appraising journal articles

4. Statistics for critical appraisal of journal articles

5. Applying evidence in patient care

6. Cohort studies, case control studies and studies evaluating diagnostic test and screening

7. Worked example - Evidence Based Medicine in Cardiovascular disease

8. Performing a literature review

9. Evidence based clinical guidelines

10. Criticisms of EBM
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, 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:
Three assessed exercises on application of techniques outlined in course material (30%)

Written assignment, outlining disease management guidelines, developed through techniques learned in the course (70%)

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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  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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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsFamily Medicine,Evidence based medicine
Course organiserDr Robin Ramsay
Course secretaryMs Michelle Hart
Tel: (0131 6)50 6525
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