Introduction to Clinical Research and Evidence Based Practice


This short course in Evidence Based Practice (EBP) consists of formal lectures, small group discussions and workshops. Day 1 of the course introduces the first two steps of the EBP process, including research designs. Day 2 of the course introduces steps 3 and 4, and focuses on the critical appraisal aspect of EBP.

Participants will have the opportunity to engage in theory and practical learning opportunities across the two days.

Learning objectives

After completing this 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

Course outline

  • Asking the answerable question
  • Clinical scenarios and PICO
  • Searching the literature
  • Quantitative study designs
  • Which research design is best?
  • Data in EBP
  • Assessing bias in studies
  • Designing the perfect study
  • Critical appraisal techniques

Who should attend?

This course is targeted at health 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).


This course is endorsed by the RACGP as a CPD Accredited Activity worth 40 CPD points.

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