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MBHT5005: Evidence and Ethics in Metabolic Health

This capstone unit of study will develop the ethical and critical thinking needed to inform and develop best practice. The unit is divided into three parts commencing with an introduction to key ethical concepts and methods of ethical analysis relevant to health care practice and research, followed by learning about the key research and major milestones that inform the practice of evidence­based metabolic medicine and health care. Subsequently, students will critically appraise the evidence base for an area of practice relevant to their workplace. This will require the selection of a clinical question, a literature review, then an appraisal of the literature and application to individual patient care, with consideration also of ethical implications of the clinical scenario and application of the evidence.

Code MBHT5005
Academic unit Metabolic Health
Credit points 6
CEPI5100 and 18 credit points of stream specific units of study from any of (MBHT5001 or MBHT5002 or MBHT5003 or MBHT5004 or NURS5012 or PMED5102)

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Explain and compare the features of predominant ethical theories relevant to evidence based health care practice and research
  • LO2. Describe and critically evaluate ethical principles and concepts such as autonomy, capacity, vulnerability, best interests and consent and their role in health care practice and research
  • LO3. Apply these ethical concepts to relevant contemporary issues or challenges in health care practice and research
  • LO4. Formulate a clinical question so that it fits into one of the four main areas (diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, harm) and can be answered by finding and using the best evidence
  • LO5. Select sources of EBM material appropriate for a given question
  • LO6. Retrieve appropriate evidence through optimal querying of selected sources
  • LO7. Critically appraise retrieved evidence for validity, importance and applicability including how the limitations of retrieved evidence modifies its applicability to patient care
  • LO8. Apply the factors involved in clinical decision making as they relate to an individual patient.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.