Introduction to Clinical Research and Evidence-Based Practice


The practice of evidence‐based medicine requires the integration of best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values.

After completing this short course participants will be able to:
– Describe the different research methodologies used in clinical research
– Design clinical research methodologies
– Understand the principles of EBP
– Construct a clinical question
– Effectively search the medical literature
– Interpret biomedical data
– Critically appraise clinical research

This course is suitable for:
Healthcare practitioners (including medical doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists, pharmacists, and other allied health professionals), biomedical and public health researchers, and those working in the health industry who are interested in understanding the basics of clinical research and the principles of evidence-based practice (EBP).

The course will consist of formal lectures, small group discussions and workshops. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in theory and practical learning opportunities across the two days.


Course outline

Day 1 – Principles of EBM

  • Asking an answerable question
  • Clinical scenarios and PICO
  • Searching the literature
  • Quantitative study designs
  • Which research design is best?

Day 2 – EBM in action

  • Data in EBM
  • Assessing bias in studies
  • Designing the perfect study
  • Critical appraisal techniques




  • When

  • Thursday, March 8, 2018 - Friday, March 9, 2018
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  • Where

  • School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
    553 St Kilda Rd
    Melbourne, Victoria 3004
    + 61 3 9903 0693

Additional Information

While the information contained herein was correct at the date of publication, Monash reserves the right to alter procedures, fees and regulations should the need arise.

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