iCAHE PD courses for 2018

This year, iCAHE will offer 30-45 minute professional development (PD) courses monthly (EBP seriesand quarterly (Research Methodology series) commencing in March 2018.  The Evidence Based Practice professional development courses are aimed at improving allied health professionals’ knowledge, skills and attitudes in implementing best evidence to guide clinical practice using practical and local-context-relevant strategies. The Research Methodology professional development courses are aimed at assisting health professionals in developing their own local research projects to create local evidence. These courses are informed by best practice strategies in teaching Evidence Based Practice (EBP) and iCAHE’s experience in teaching EBP nationally and internationally.

The PD courses are of varying levels and each topic builds on knowledge from previous topics. Level I is basic level however, participants need to have some background on EBP concepts and research designs. Level II is intermediate level as it covers application of basic knowledge. Level III is advanced level as it covers evaluation of applied knowledge.

iCAHE knows how busy clinicians are and thus have designed these PD courses to be delivered virtually. All lectures will be delivered live at the session times but also recorded so that you can access them later at a more convenient time.

EBP series

The EBP series requires basic EBP knowledge and skills as it is focused on the application of the EBP in practice. A short EBP presentation will be provided in case the participants need a refresher on EBP.

Every 2nd Wednesday of the month (3-4pm Adelaide time) (except in December)

Topic

Description

Participants should have prior knowledge about:

Level

 14th  March

Focusing the clinical question and searching for the best evidence

This session covers approaches in assisting clinicians to focus their ‘real case scenario’ clinical questions and searching for best evidence (‘best’ means evidence that will answer their question in terms of type of evidence and relevance to practice).

EBP concepts and EBP steps

I

11th  April

Reading a paper: Critical appraisal and validity of the evidence

This session covers approaches in assessing the quality of the evidence retrieved for it to be a useful source of information.

EBP steps

II

16th  May

Reading a paper: What do the numbers mean

This session covers interpretation of statistical findings commonly reported in allied health papers

Basic statistical tests

II

13th  June

Interpreting and assessing applicability of the evidence in clinical practice

This session covers approaches in assessing the appropriateness of the evidence in terms of: patient characteristics, clinical skills needed, health service delivery issues resources available, etc)

Interpreting research findings based on critical appraisal results (previous topic – 14 May)

II

11th  July

Adopting and implementing the evidence in clinical practice

This session covers approaches in readily adopting the evidence.

Assessing evidence for relevance, applicability and generalisability (previous topic- 14 May)

II

8th August

Contextualising and implementing the evidence in clinical practice

This session covers approaches in making the evidence contextually relevant to be applicable and relevant in practice.

Assessing evidence for relevance, applicability and generalisability (previous topic- 14 May)

II

12th  September

Adapting and implementing the evidence in clinical practice

This session covers approaches in adapting/modifying the evidence to be applicable and relevant in practice.

Assessing evidence for relevance, applicability and generalisability (previous topic- 14 May)

II

10th October

Developing practical implementation strategies

This session covers approaches in designing practical implementation strategies informed by the results of assessing context and health service delivery considerations. 

Last 3 topics (11 June, 9 July and 13 August)

II

14th November

Assessing the impact of the evidence in clinical practice

This session will cover approaches in assessing the quality of health care given to patients.

Quality care measures in local practice

III

19th December

 

Assessing the value of care: health economics in a nutshell

This session will cover approaches in value based treatment for patients.

Basic principles of health economics

III

Research Methodology series

 This series requires basic knowledge of primary research designs (quantitative (i.e., experimental, observational),  qualitative, mixed methods). Study design presentations will be provided in case the participants need a refresher course on research designs.

 

Quarterly  (3-4pm Adelaide time)

Topic

Description

Participants should have prior knowledge about:

Level

28th  March

Collecting data on current practice as a foundation for a research project

This session covers the basics on establishing a data collection methodology of current practice as a foundation for a research project.  

Types of data

Research designs

II

27th  June

Applied statistics

This session covers the statistics needed for a basic research project

Basic statistical tests

II

26th  September

Developing a local site research project

This session covers steps to develop (includes ethics) and complete a research project in your clinic/department

Research designs

II

12th  December

Reporting your research studies

This session covers the process for reporting your research study in a publication

Key findings in their research

II

 If you would like to register for the iCAHE Professional Development Courses, please fill out the form below.

If you have any questions regarding these courses, please email your name and question to icahe@unisa.edu.au


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