Part I: Where’s the Evidence?
How do you stay up to date with the latest research in your field? Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn? Or has that slipped away since you graduated, and no longer had to reference assignments.
The good news is there’s more research being published than ever before. The bad news is you might not know it exists or how to access it. When we’re trying to decide what strategy to take for a specific client, wouldn’t it be great to have some solid scientific back up? Even if it turns out that there’s not much evidence, that can help inform our decisions too.
Part II: Critical Appraisal or How to Read a Paper
Journal articles can look intimidating, and very few make good bedtime reading material. Understanding the scientific form and language is a skill in its own right, and improves with practice.
Rather than skimming the abstract, or just reading a summary of the paper on a blog, this session is all about digging into the juicy innards of research articles. Critical appraisal really means working out how much we can trust the results of a study. Did the researchers use the most suitable methods to answer their question? How reliable will those answers be? How useful are the findings in relation to your practice and experiences?
Core Learning Outcomes
1. Learn how to frame clinical questions – the starting point for all evidence based practice
2. Discover the best places to search for reader friendly summaries of research
3. Seek out and retrieve relevant research papers
4. Discover the key terms and essential sections to look for in an article
5. Extract the details of a paper using PICOS
6. Critically read the findings AND decide if it's worth changing your practice
Interested in research – feel inspired? Ever thought about taking your practice to a new level with a Masters qualification?
We teach all the research skills covered in this workshop (and lots more!) on our totally online three year part-time MSc in Advanced Oriental Medicine (Research and Practice). Students from all over the world join this prestigious course and become successful practitioner-researchers ready to shape the healthcare world around them.
Please join us for this next session to find out more about this exciting course:
Online Masters Courses for Practitioners -Q&A and Presentation – 6-7pm
Join our teaching team (Morag, Sandro and David) to find out more about progressing your career with a Masters qualification on our MSc in Advanced Oriental Medicine (Research and Practice).
You will see a presentation about the course and have time to have your questions answered.
We look forward to meeting you!