Improving Evidence-Based Practice education in healthcare courses: A Participatory Action Research multiple-case study

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This paper synthesises the results of three participatory action research (PAR) studies undertaken to improve the integration of evidence-based practice (EBP) education in three undergraduate health courses at one Australian university: Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, and Bachelor of Physiotherapy. The PAR process with interested academics uncovered a range of EBP education strengths and weaknesses in the three courses. Common themes were evident, which are likely to be applicable in other similar courses. Identified weaknesses included a lack of explicit teaching about the meaning, principles, steps, and importance of EBP, partly stemming from a lack of shared understanding. A relative lack of emphasis on certain EBP steps was also noted, particularly the first step of ‘asking’ questions. A lack of communication with workplace learning (WPL) supervisors about how to facilitate EBP was also noted, raising concerns about variable EBP-education quality across WPL settings. Opportunities for improvement were identified by academics in each course, across multiple subjects and year levels. In our experience, PAR has been a highly constructive approach to EBP curriculum improvement. We encourage consideration of a PAR approach for addressing similarly complex curriculum challenges.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Higher Education Advances
PublisherUniversitat Politecnica de Valencia
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventInternational Conference on Higher Education Advances - Valencia, Spain
Duration: 27 Jun 201928 Jun 2019
Conference number: 5

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ConferenceInternational Conference on Higher Education Advances
CountrySpain
CityValencia
Period27/06/1928/06/19

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Murphy, K, Parnell, T, Pope, R, Hughes, C, O'Connor, S, Biles, J, Bramble, M, Curtin, M, Speedie, L & Plowman, E 2019, Improving Evidence-Based Practice education in healthcare courses: A Participatory Action Research multiple-case study. in Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Higher Education Advances. Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, International Conference on Higher Education Advances, Valencia, Spain, 27/06/19.

Improving Evidence-Based Practice education in healthcare courses: A Participatory Action Research multiple-case study. / Murphy, Kylie; Parnell, Tracey; Pope, Rodney; Hughes, Clarissa; O'Connor, Simone; Biles, Jessica; Bramble, Marguerite; Curtin, Michael; Speedie, Lisa; Plowman, Evan.

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Murphy K, Parnell T, Pope R, Hughes C, O'Connor S, Biles J et al. Improving Evidence-Based Practice education in healthcare courses: A Participatory Action Research multiple-case study. In Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Higher Education Advances. Universitat Politecnica de Valencia. 2019