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Rsch841 Syllabus Fall 2011

Rsch841 Syllabus Fall 2011 - Palmer College of Chiropractic...

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Palmer College of Chiropractic Evidence-Based Chiropractic (RSCH841) (2 Credit Hours) Instructor : Dana J. Lawrence, DC, MMedEd, MA, Senior Director, Center for Teaching and Learning Office : 4 th Floor of Administration Building Office Hours : By Appointment Phone : (563) 884-5302 (office) E-mai l: [email protected] Website: http://w3.palmer.edu/lawrence REQUIRED 2 credits; meets Thursday from 7:30-9:15AM in P206. PREREQUISITES None COURSE DESCRIPTION This course is designed to introduce students to the tools necessary for working productively within an evidence-based practice environment. This course will enable future chiropractic clinicians to critically appraise and evaluate the existing body of scientific evidence, strengthening their capacity for sound clinical decision-making. Fundamental research concepts and techniques necessary for critical reading of the scientific literature will be presented. The course focuses on the chiropractor as a research consumer and is designed for students who have little or no experience in clinical or epidemiological research. The program will provide tools the student can use to ask appropriate clinical questions, locate resources and literature necessary to answer those questions, and understand how to interpret the information that has been found. There has been such a growth in the information available to chiropractors that keeping up with it is becoming harder and more complex. You will learn how to use the best available evidence, and how to find that evidence. This is a necessary concomitant of being a health care practitioner. The information offered in this course is designed to empower students to take an evidence-based approach to clinical practice. COURSE GOALS Students will come to appreciate how clinicians use evidence to make decisions. Knowledge and understanding of basic epidemiological concepts will provide students a framework for critiquing studies of health and health care. Students will appreciate the need to access, synthesize, and apply information from the literature to day-to-day clinical problems as a requirement of evidence-based health care. Students will also learn to assess the health care literature, recognizing the strengths and weaknesses inherent in the different types of clinical research studies. In addition, they will develop critical appraisal skills that are appropriate for each type of research study.
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COURSE OBJECTIVES ► Attitudes Students will Possess Upon Completion of the Course A1.Value the importance of chiropractors and other health professionals building an evidence base for chiropractic and health care in general. A2. Judge the value of resources available to practitioners delivering current evidence-based care to patients throughout a career in clinical practice.
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