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About Study Course

Credit points / ECTS:3 / 4.5
Course supervisor:Elita Poplavska
Study type:Part time, Full time
Course level:Master's
Target audience:Pharmacy
Language:Latvian
Branch of science:Pharmacy; Social Pharmacy

Objective

1. Introduce students to the main scientific, statistical and ethical principles of clinical research.
2. Learn the principles of evidence-based information search. Learn how to evaluate quality and reliability of evidence.
3. Learn how to critically appraise scientific publications.
4. Introduce students with all the scientific, statistical and ethical principles of medical research.
5. Introduce with research organization and the role of a pharmacist in research.

Prerequisites

Informatics, mathematics

Learning outcomes

Knowledge

Upon completion of this course, students will:
1. describe different types of research studies;
2. know advantages and applications of various research methods;
3. know criteria for critical appraisal of publications;
4. identify ethical principles of research and their significance.

Skills

Upon completion of the study course, students will be able to:
1. use the available evidence-based databases and other resources to search for studies, systematic reviews, meta-analysis;
2. develop tailored information retrieval strategy and find necessary information;
3. differentiate various research designs;
4. evaluate the adequacy of the method to the research questions;
5. evaluate quality of research methods;
6. evaluate the methods of statistical analysis, the power of statistical proof;
7. interpret results of statistical and clinical significance;
8. write a critical review of a publication;
9. identify and evaluate ethical issues in clinical studies;
10. evaluate quality of systematic reviews and meta-analysis, and interpret the results.

Competence

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. find research studies and systematic reviews and critically appraise them;
2. evaluate applicability of the study results to patient care;
3. make ethical decisions in research setting.

Study course planning

Planning period:Year 2021, Spring semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Pharmacy, FF4Master’sRequiredIeva Rutkovska
Pharmacy, FFN2Master’sRequiredMarija Čeha
Planning period:Year 2021, Autumn semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Pharmacy, FF5Master’sRequired