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.

2017/18 Topics

Sep 5 Oct 20, 2017: Sec 020: Self-Management Support for People with Chronic Conditions (1.5 credits, 7 weeks)
Instructor: Brodie Sakakibara  

The prevalence of Canadians with chronic health conditions is rising. Many of these individuals will live long and well despite having chronic health issues but others will not. This section of RHSC 583 focuses on the use and delivery of self-management support to ensure optimal health and well-being for everyone. Learners will critically review innovative rehabilitation research investigating the active engagement of clients in their own care, and the provision of information, skills, and confidence to help individuals better manage the long-term physical, functional, and emotional impacts of their condition.


Oct 23 Dec 8, 2017: Sec 003: Acquired Brain Injury (1.5 credits, 7 weeks)
Instructor: TBA

Across all age-spans, acquired brain injuries result in significant impairment and loss of function for individuals and long-lasting impacts for families and communities. Rehabilitation services and supports are important for maximizing treatment and recovery. In this course learners will explore research supporting rehabilitation approaches and consider applications to practice. 


Jan 2 Apr 6, 2018: Sec 002/021: Transformational Leadership (3 credits)
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 10 Jun 30, 2018: Sec 013/014: Qualitative & Survey Research (3 credits)
Instructor: Alison Gerlach
Different types of qualitative and survey research will be reviewed to extend knowledge about these forms of research to inform research design and analysis. This course will be particularly valuable to learners who plan to undertake qualitative or survey research in their MRSc major project. 

NOTE: Register only for RHSC 583, sec 013; staff will automatically register you in sec 014 when it becomes available in April 2018.


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.