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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: NUR2082 Module Title: APPLIED RESEARCH
Module Provider: Health & Social Care Short Name: NUR2082
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: PASCOE RA Mrs (HSC)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Semester 1
Assessment Pattern
Module Overview
Module Aims
The module will introduce students to research in the context of health care with a key focus on pre-hospital care, including the different research methodologies, the concept of evidence-based practice and critical appraisal.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the module the student should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding
1. develop an understanding of research and audit in the context of health care, particularly in the pre-hospital setting
2 develop an understanding of the need for a high quality evidence-base, underpinning practice, including how research findings influence development of clinical guidelines for paramedics
3. identify the key ethical principles and governance requirements when planning or participating in research in a health care setting
4. demonstrate a basic awareness of statistics
5. describe the ‘hierarchy’ of levels evidence and how these influence decision making

Cognitive skills
1. demonstrate awareness of the module content and how the knowledge gained may be applied in future practice
2. recognise the necessity to use findings from high quality, ethical research to inform practice
3. distinguish between research, audit and service improvement

Key skills
1. develop appraisal skills to improve patient care
1. retrieve information from a range of resources and interpret it using a problem solving approach

Module Content
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Selected Texts/Journals

Dawes M., Davies P., Gray A., Mant J., Seers K. & Snowball R. 2005 Evidence Based Practice a primer for health care professionals (2nd edn.) Elsevier, London.

Heck G., Judd M. and Maule P 2002 Making Sense of Research – An Introduction for Health and Social Care Practitioners. (2nd edn.) Continuum, London.

Polit D., Beck C. and Hungler P. 2000 Essentials of Nursing Research: Methods, Appraisal and Utilization. Lippincot, Williams and Wilkins, USA.


Lanoe N. 2005 Ogier’s Reading Research (2nd edn.) Balliere Tindall, London

Punch K.F 2003 Introduction to Social Research. Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches. Sage Publications Ltd., London.


Good AMT, Driscoll P 2002 Introduction to the research series. Emerg Med J 19:194

Goodacre S 2008 Critical appraisal for emergency medicine: 1. Concepts and definitions Emerg. Med. J., 25: 219 - 221.

Goodacre S, Coats T, Clancy M 2008 Good clinical practice in clinical trials: core knowledge for emergency physicians Emerg. Med. J., 25: 789.

Woollard M and, Mackway-Jones K 2008 All that glistens is not gold. Emerg. Med. Journal ; 25: 251 - 252.

Salkind N. J. 2000 Statistics for People who Hate Statistics. Sage Publications, California.

Journal titles:
British Journal of Health Psychology
British Journal of Nursing
Clinical Effectiveness in Nursing
Emergency Medicine Journal
Evidence Based Nursing
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Journal of Clinical Nursing
Journal of Paramedic Practice
Nursing Research
Professional Nurse
Research in Nursing and Health
Sociology of Health and Illness
Western Journal of Nursing Research

Web sites:
British Medical Association
British Paramedic Association
Cochrane Pre-emergency Health Field
Department of Health
Health Professions Council
National association for mental health
Social policy research and development
Advisory centre for education (parents)
Minority, ethnic health web site
Interactive Physiology CD Rom
Microbiology Place
My A&P
National Library for Health
NHS Choices
The Paediatric Emergency Medicine Database
Nursing Midwifery Council
Nursing Standard
Ressuscitation Council
Health Protection Agency

Last Updated
28TH JULY 2010