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Critically Appraising the Evidence

Welcome to Short Course 4. EBNP is about finding solutions to healthcare issues. You will review research in this context.

Critically Appraising the Evidence
  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    10 hours

Learn to enhance your critical appraisal skills

Evidence-base for Nursing Practice (EBNP) supports the use of various sources of evidence (data), but particularly recommends the type of data that provides objective outcome measurement to monitor and evaluate the need for changes in nursing practice. However, it is essential that nurses develop skills in critically evaluating the reliability, validity, and trustworthiness of measurements presented as objective fact, before championing any changes to practice based on such evidence.

What topics will you cover?

  • The underpinning philosophy of research
  • Critically reviewing the non-experimental design
  • The purpose of the non-experimental design in patient care and the theme of gender health

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Evaluate the research process used in non-experimental research
  • Develop critical appraisal skills for research evaluation

Who is the course for?

This course is for MSc Nursing students.

Please note that the individuals detailed in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below, are current staff members and may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

Senior Lecturer for 19 years. Interests include evidence based practice, healthcare leadership, contemporary issues, acute adult nursing.
Clinical background in acute medicine and cardiology nursing

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

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