Research and Evidence-based Practice in Healthcare


Research and Evidence-based Practice in Healthcare

The module is designed to foster an understanding of the research process, hone skills of critical appraisal and develop research skills as applied to both quantitative and qualitative research. The delivery follows a logical progression which starts with the scientific process and hypothesis formulation and ends with the production of a research protocol. Along the way reviewing the literature, selecting an appropriate research method, sampling, data collection analysis and presentation and ethical issues are covered.

The module has preparatory work, a taught component and self-directed learning/assignment time. The taught component is delivered in two parts, a two day introduction/critical reasoning component and a five day research methods component. The preparation time prior to the two periods of attendance, the guided study/exercises between the two periods of attendance and the self-directed learning/assignment time after the second period of attendance are equally important parts of the module as a whole.

The preparatory work includes pre-reading of recommended texts and the basic critique/critical analysis of provided materials, papers and evidence with the emphasis being on the ease of information extraction and strength of evidence. Canvas (Kingston University’s virtual learning environment) is used to support learning and provide clarification and practice via student based activities.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Critically evaluate different research methods and apply a working knowledge of the associated data collection and statistical analysis.
  2. Evaluate a variety of analytical approaches to qualitative and quantitative data.
  3. Make informed critical judgements on the research of others in a variety of contexts.
  4. Analyse the impact of research on changing practice.
  5. Demonstrate an appreciation of, and analyse ethical issues in research within the field.
  6. Formulate a research protocol.

Who is the module for? Radiographers and registered healthcare practitioners with at least two years’ full-time clinical experience and a degree/diploma or equivalent in radiography.

Module code: RA7015

Entry criteria:

  • Degree/diploma or equivalent in radiography for Medical Imaging and Oncology pathways or a professional healthcare qualification for the Breast Evaluation pathway
  • Minimum two years’ full-time clinical experience

Number of credits and level of study: 30 credits at level 7

Assessment: Critical review and research proposal

Location: Kingston University

Pattern of Delivery: 7 teaching days over 9 weeks plus self-directed study.

Module dates:*

  • 12, 13 December 2017, 5-9 February 2018

*Dates may change

Fee: £1,600

Programme: This module is part of Breast Evaluation PgCert/PgDip/MSc and Medical Imaging MSc PgCert/PgDip/MSc and Medical Imaging (Mammography) PgCert/PgDip/MSc  and Oncology Practice PgCert/PgDip/MSc