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

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. 


2019/20 Topics

Sep 3 Oct 20, 2019: Sec 010: Ethics in Practice (1.5 credits, 7 weeks)
Instructor: Jenny Young

Ethical situations are common in the delivery of rehabilitation services yet often challenge practitioners. The approaches to ethical decision-making, and the critical review of research and perspectives on ethics examined in this course offer helpful guidance for addressing such situations in practice.

Oct 21 - Dec 8, 2019:  Sec 023:  Continuing Professional Development (1.5 credits, 7 weeks)
Instructor: Mary Clark 

Changes to health care are rapid and constant, making lifelong learning essential for developing and maintaining expert practice. By reviewing recent research and best practices learners explore new, patient-centred approaches to facilitating continuing professional development in themselves and others.

January 6 to February 23, 2020 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.

February 24 to April 12, 2020,  Sec 020 Chronic Disease Self-management (1.5 credits, 7 weeks)
Instructor Daniela Calvacante
In this section of RHSC 583 learners critically review recent research to judge its value for the delivery of rehabilitation service in within a disability management and self-management framework of practice.

April 6 to May 24, 2020  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 11 to June 28, 2020 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.


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.