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Evidence and Ethics in Critical Care - CRIT5008

Year - 2020

This capstone unit for the Master of Medicine (Critical Care) degree aims to develop students' reflective ethical and critical thinking skills, required to inform best clinical practice. The unit is divided into two parts: an introduction to key ethical concepts and methods of ethical analysis; and an overview of evidence relevant to health care practice and research. Students initially apply ethical principles to examine a series of case studies. Students will then critically appraise the evidence base related to an area of practice in their workplace or a clinical guideline. This will require the development of a clinical question, a literature review, then an appraisal of the literature and application of evidence to individual patient care. Learning modules will include applying decision analysis to facilitate shared decision-making in practice, how to conduct a literature review, an example of how clinical practice and guidelines have changed based on changing evidence and review, and further refinement of clinical epidemiology and critical appraisal skills developed in CEPI5100 Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology.

Weekly online lectures, discussion groups (from week 5)

1 x 1000-1200 word ethics assignment (20%); 4 x ethics discussion board tasks (10%); 4x 300-1000 word evidence based medicine written assignments that inform a 1x 2500-4000 word written assignment (70%)

Online readings

Assumed knowledge
This unit of study is only available to medical graduates. Clinical experience in a critical care discipline such as: emergency medicine, intensive care, anaesthesia, surgery or retrieval medicine.


CEPI5100 and 18 credit points of stream specific units of study from any of (CRIT5001, CRIT5002, CRIT5003, CRIT5004, CRIT5005, CRIT5006, CRIT5007, CRIT5009, CRIT5010, CRIT5011, CRIT5012, CRIT5014, CRIT5015, CRIT5016, CRIT5017, PAIN5021, CLNP5005, INTM5014, PAED5007)


Faculty: Medicine and Health

Semester 2

24 Aug 2020

Department/School: Critical Care
Study Mode: Online
Census Date: 28 Sep 2020
Unit of study level: Postgraduate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? No
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: A/Prof. Doug Elliott
HECS Band: 3
Courses that offer this unit

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