PT0508 - Research and Evidence in Physiotherapy

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What will I learn on this module?

This module aims to develop your knowledge of the research process in health care. You will be introduced to the different approaches including quantitative, qualitative and mixed method approaches and discuss how they contribute to the evidence base underpinning physiotherapy practice. You will learn about the different method systems (methodologies) in each approach and how these may be used to address particular problems in the context of physiotherapy together with the limitations of each. Practical workshops using small group work will be used to identify some of the limitations in these areas, enabling you to appreciate more ‘real world’ approaches.

How will I learn on this module?

Keynote lectures will provide the foundation building blocks for this module. Seminars will build on some of these theoretical foundations with small group discussion and preparatory material for the workshops. Practical workshops will be used to introduce a participatory approach to research knowledge and will allow you to design and engage in some tasks to examine some key issues e.g. reliability/validity, dependability/credibility.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Direct support regarding content based queries will be available via the module teaching team. This will be available via face to face questions in group situations or via individual tutorial support. Content support will be available indirectly via module resources and external links provided through the eLP. Assessment guidance is provided formally via specific lecture and also via tutorials with module teaching team.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. An understanding of the strengths and limitations of approaches to research including different methodological standpoints.
2. An understanding of how research approaches may be used independently or in an integrated manner.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
1. Understand how different research approaches have relevance to patients or patient groups in the delivery of patient-centred care.
2. Understand how a knowledge of research contributes to clinical decision making.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
1. Analyse how different research approaches and different perspectives contribute to person centred care.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed summatively by a 2500 word written assignment. The assessment will involve acquiring and describing the quality of literature and the exploration of a methodological approach used to answer a particular research issue within a physiotherapy context.

You will receive verbal feedback during seminars and individual tutorials throughout the module to facilitate your academic development. You will receive written feedback on your summative assessment.

K&U 1,2
IPSA 1,2


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Module abstract

Without realising it, we are constantly researching. Important and unimportant decisions often involve our own experiences, the opinions and experiences of others and the technical ratings of products from neutral assessors. Although this type of information features strongly in day to day activities, we seldom realise that we are judging forms of research in different formats. This module will introduce you to these types of research, how we may make these decisions based upon information type and how this applies to evidence-based practice in Physiotherapy. We will consider how data is collected, what purpose it serves and whether this data is trustworthy or valid. An understanding of these concepts will help you judge the quality of research evidence and its relevance in health care settings.

Course info

UCAS Code B160

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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