Improving evidence-based practice education in healthcare courses: A participatory action research multiple-case study

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Abstract

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
Pages605-614
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9788490486610
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event5th International Conference on Higher Education Advances: HEAd'19 - Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain
Duration: 26 Jun 201928 Jun 2019
Conference number: 5
http://www.headconf.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/HEAd19-program.pdf (conference program)
https://archive.headconf.org/head19/index.html (Conference website)

Conference

Conference5th International Conference on Higher Education Advances
Country/TerritorySpain
CityValencia
Period26/06/1928/06/19
OtherThis conference is an excellent forum for researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas, experiences, opinions and research results relating to the preparation of students, teaching/learning methodologies and the organization of educational systems.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following topic areas:

Innovative materials and new tools for teaching
Teaching and learning experiences
Educational technology (e.g., virtual labs, e-learning)
Evaluation and assessment of student learning
Emerging technologies in learning (e.g., MOOC, OER, gamification)
Scientific and research education
Experiences outside the classroom (e.g., practicums, mobility)
New teaching/learning theories and models
Globalization in education and education reforms
Education economics
Entrepreneurship and learning for employment
Education accreditation, quality and assessment
Competency-based learning and skill assessment
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