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MCD8002 : Critical Appraisal and EBD

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Bana Abdulmohsen
  • Owning School: Dental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To introduce and build on students’ knowledge of the principles and methods of evidence-based clinical practice and facilitate their application in the assessment of approaches to evidence-based patient care in Restorative Dentistry.

Outline Of Syllabus

• What is evidence-based practice?
• Formulating answerable clinical questions.
• Searching for the best evidence.
• Hierarchy of evidence.
• Critically reviewing evidence.
• Systematic review and evidence synthesis
• Critically evaluating evidence in assessment (screening and diagnosis)
• Critically evaluating evidence in interventions
• Applying EBD in clinical practice

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00Preparatory work for written assessment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture41:004:00Sync/PiP online: content and introduction
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching42:3010:00PiP: 4 extended small group activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching43:0012:00PiP: 4 small group activities for statistics course
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity24:008:00Group work on joint evidence synthesis task
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00PiP: discussion of programme content and preparation of assessment
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1124:00124:00Structured online learning and reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures and small group teaching will support students in developing their knowledge and understanding of the underpinning of Evidence Based Dentistry. This will address the following outcomes: IKOs 1-4.

Student lead group work and supported sessions will provide the opportunity to apply a variety of critical appraisal tools and use of evidence in clinical situations. This will address the following outcomes: ISOs 1-3.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2A1003000-word Critical appraisal of literature in relation to a focused clinical question related to the clinical programme
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students will submit a critical appraisal (written communication) of a selected aspect of clinical practice, as evaluated from the perspective of evidence-based practice (information literacy, problem solving, numeracy, computer literacy). To this end, students will apply the tools of CA and EBD to arrive at a conclusion about the value of the intervention or assessment practice and its place in their own clinical practice

Critical appraisal of literature in relation to a focused clinical assessment is designed so students can demonstrate attainment of the following outcomes: IKOs 1-4 and ISOs 1-3.

Reading Lists