To undertake this topic you should hold a Degree or Diploma in a clinical discipline (eg. medicine, nursing, dentistry, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, nutrition/dietetics, pharmacy, clinical psychology) or a degree in biomedical science.
This topic is intended to meet the needs of clinicians (medical trainees and specialists, nursing and allied health clinicians) wishing to learn more about initiating and conducting research. No prior knowledge or detailed knowledge of research is assumed. The topic covers the steps involved in developing and undertaking clinical research projects. Students are required to generate a research question relevant to their own work environment, and to apply the principles and processes of epidemiological research, to this research question. Case studies and clinical examples are used throughout to illustrate theoretical concepts in the context of everyday clinical practice. The modules are: Approaching Research; The Clinician as a researcher; Overview of quantitative research methods; Health outcomes; Surveys and questionnaire design; Cohort and Case-control studies; Clinical Trials; Epidemiological measurement and biostatistics; Critical appraisal of literature and Evidence-based Practice; Research proposal and grant writing.
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