RHSC 583
Applying Research to Practice

Course Description

This course is intended to enable practitioners to critically review recent research in different areas of rehabilitation practice, and theories or research for knowledge transfer, under the guidance of a content expert (e.g. leadership and management, cardiac rehabilitation, ethics in practice). RHSC 501 Evidence for Practice is the pre-requisite. RHSC 583 topics vary year to year based on the interests and needs of MRSc learners.

Learners in the Master of Rehabilitation Science program may take the 1.5 credit courses up to 4 times (for a total of 6 credits) as long as each course taken is on a different topic. Critiquing research is a required pre-requisite for assessing the transferability of new knowledge to practice.

Course Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course learners will be able to:

  1. Critique research and/or theories on the course topic,
  2. Develop plans/approaches for transferring new knowledge on the topic to rehabilitation practice, and
  3. Critique plans/approaches for transferring new knowledge on the course topic to health care contexts.


2018/19 Topics

Sep 4 Oct 21, 2018: Sec 018: Program Evaluation (1.5 credits, 7 weeks)
Instructor: Karen Hurtubise  

Building on the introduction to program evaluation in RHSC 507, this course enables greater exploration and application of approaches for obtaining feedback about the effectiveness of processes and services to guide improvements in rehabilitation programs..


Oct 29 Dec 16, 2018: Sec 019: Quality Improvement (1.5 credits, 7 weeks)
Instructor: Tamie Aubin

Quality Improvement (QI) models will be explored to extend learning related to improving rehabilitation services. Understanding concepts of QI as they apply to healthcare will provide a foundation for developing and evaluating plans for enhancing efficiencies and improving patient satisfaction. 

* Note: it is recommended to take 018 Program Evaluation before taking 019 Quality Improvement

Jan 2 Mar 28, 2019: Sec 002/021: Transformational Leadership (3 credits, 13 weeks)
Instructor: Jason Giesbrecht
Transformational leaders inspire, empower, and motivate others to perform at their best. Learners will explore the latest concepts and best practices on Transformational Leadership, and through practical application, assess how this leadership approach can foster success.. 

NOTE: Register only for RHSC 583, sec 002; staff will automatically register you in sec 021 at a later date. 


Apr 8 May 26, 2019: Sec 016: Clinical Education (1.5 credits, 7 weeks)
Instructor: Wilma Jelley
Designed for practitioners who are coordinators of clinical education or fieldwork programs, and/or are preceptors for students, this course focuses on the exploration of current issues and the application of current research in clinical education to rehabilitation practice. 

May 27 - July 14, 2019: Sec 007: Interprofessional Practice (1.5 credits, 7 weeks)
Instructor: Dr. Lesley Bainbridge & Marion Briggs
Patients today often have complex care needs that can be best addressed with an interprofessional approach. Learners find the exploration of recent research and best practices in this course valuable for developing and/or enhancing interprofessional practice. 


Course Readings

Required Textbook:

De Poy, E., & Gitlin, L. N. (2015). Introduction to research: Understanding and applying multiple strategies (5th ed.). St Louis, MO: Elsevier.

References for the required core RHSC 583 readings will be provided to registered learners prior to the course. They can be accessed electronically through the UBC library.