London, United Kingdom

Evidence Based Healthcare Practice (Level 3)

online course
when 5 July 2021 - 23 July 2021
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 2165

This module introduces healthcare students to the principles of evidence-based healthcare and its application to clinical practice. It will guide them through a methodical approach to developing a clinical question. They will gain the key skills needed to effectively evaluate relevant evidence sources, including searching, understanding, and critically appraising the literature. The implications on the healthcare professional, patient, and society will be explored which allows students to interpret its importance in their future professional careers. This includes incorporating patient values and preferences into decision making processes. The module will also focus on putting clinical practice guidelines into practice and using evidence-based healthcare principles to make clinical policy decisions and bring about system-level improvement.

Course leader

Dr Ahmed Rashid

Target group

This is a level three module (equivalent to third year undergraduate). In addition to the standard UCL Summer School entry criteria, applicants will be expected to have completed a minimum of two years of undergraduate study in a subject related to health or medical sciences at the time of joining the UCL Summer School.

Course aim

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

analyse key principles of clinical research, audit, and quality improvement processes and assess their application to clinical practice
compare the different types of clinical research study designs and how the statistical analyses they typically employ support evidence based medicine
formulate a clinical question using the PICO model and identify relevant evidence from appropriate databases
critically appraise clinical research studies using a systematic approach
incorporate the impact of patients’ own values and preferences into clinical decisions, and recognise how to integrate these with the needs of the healthcare professions and society
analyse the importance of health literacy and patient decision aids in evidence based healthcare practice and evaluate the processes required to enable evidence-based systems and policy in healthcare

Credits info

7.5 EC
7.5 ECTS, 4 US, 15 UCL

Fee info

GBP 2165: Tuition fee: £2165