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OCCP5207: Assessing Evidence for OT Practice

2024 unit information

Knowing how to locate, understand and use evidence in occupational therapy (OT) practice is an essential skill for all OTs. It is also essential for OTs to take their place as responsible members of local, national, international and professional communities of practice. In this unit of study, students will learn how to search for, appraise and summarise research evidence relevant to occupational therapy practice. Students will have the opportunity to explore diverse areas of OT practice by critically examining the research and considering the application of that research in practice.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Participation Sciences

Code OCCP5207
Academic unit Participation Sciences
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
Research Methods

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

  • LO1. Define and explain the process of evidence-based (occupational therapy) practice
  • LO2. Formulate clear clinical questions based on problems commonly encountered in occupational therapy practice
  • LO3. Search the literature for relevant evidence using electronic search strategies, keywords, relevant databases, journals, web, and print-based materials
  • LO4. Use bibliographic referencing software to manage information collected so that evidence is accessible, manageable, and useful to support current and future practice decisions
  • LO5. Describe the importance of acknowledging and referencing sources of information in written documents, and use relevant referencing conventions
  • LO6. (critically) appraise evidence for its validity and usefulness, by selecting and using appraisal tools relevant to the type of study designs being appraised
  • LO7. Understand the strengths and weaknesses of different types of evidence (qualitative and quantitative) including systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials, descriptive studies, expert opinion, and unpublished information
  • LO8. Describe the process of applying evidence in practice (implementation)
  • LO9. Reflect on the value and relevance of EBP knowledge and skills, as a foundation for professional OT practice.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2020
Normal day Cumberland, Sydney
Semester 1 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 1 2022
Normal day Remote
Semester 1 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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