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Title | Description | Detail |
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Asking the right question | This RLO outlines why asking the right question can help in the search for evidence, and explains how to construct good questions using the PICO technique. | |

Cohort and case-controlled studies | This RLO explains what are case-control and cohort studies, and outlines the difference between them. | |

Confidence intervals | This RLO defines the term 'confidence intervals' and demonstrates how they can be used to determine the significance and range of possible sizes of a treatment effect. | |

Descriptive statistics for interval and ratio scale data | Describing the use of measures of central tendency - mean, mode, median - and dispersion - range, Standard Deviation. | |

Designing a Questionnaire | This RLO introduces good practice in questionnaire design, step by step. | |

Determining the clinical importance of trial results | This RLO demonstrates how to interpret and use clinical trial data (ARR, RRR, NNT, NNH, and confidence intervals) in practice. | |

How to conduct a literature search | Practical examples of searching databases of journal articles (eg CINAHL, BNI), including screen movies of actual searches. | |

Levels of Measurement | To understand the different levels of measurement and the arithmetic operations that can be performed on them | |

Levels of Measurement: what you can and can't do arithmetically | An explanation of the statistical operations that can be performed on the different levels of measurement. | |

Meta-analysis | This RLO provides an introduction to the basic concepts of meta-analysis, which is an important and valuable tool for summarising data from multiple studies. | |

Numbers needed to treat and numbers needed to harm | This RLO considers how to measure and interpret the magnitude of effect in clinical trial results using number needed to treat (NNT) and number needed to harm (NNH). | |

Positive and negative predictive value of diagnostic tests | This RLO explains how diagnostic test results are a combination of true and false positive, or true and false negative. | |

Presenting and interpreting meta-analyses | How to present and interpret the results of a meta-analysis using forest plots. | |

Probability associated with inferential statistics | An introduction to probability, and the probability of sample errors affecting research results. | |

Qualitative and quantitative research | Outlining the distinction between qualitative and quantitative methods of doing research. | |

Qualitative Data Analysis | The aim of this Reusable Learning Object (RLO) is to give you an idea of how qualitative data analysis is done. It's aimed at students studying evidence based practice or research methods, with a basic understanding of what qualitative research is. | |

Referencing Books using Harvard | This resource outlines the information that is required to accurately reference a book for the Harvard referencing scheme. It also outlines where that information can be found within a book. | |

Referencing Journals using Harvard | This resources outlines the information that is required to accurately reference a journal article for the Harvard referencing scheme. It also outlines where that information can be found within a printed journal. | |

Relative risk reduction and absolute risk reduction | This RLO considers how to measure and interpret the magnitude of effect in clinical trial results using relative risk reduction (RRR) and absolute risk reduction (ARR). | |

Search strategy for locating Randomised Controlled Trials | Introduction to search strategies for locating randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in online databases. | |

Sensitivity and Specificity | This RLO explains how diagnostic test accuracy is described by the terms sensitivity and specificity. Sensitivity describes the accuracy of the test in detecting disease. Specificity describes the accuracy of the test in detecting health. | |

SI Units and calculating unit changes | To identify what SI units are, when they are used, and how to calculate unit changes. | |

Steps in conducting a systematic review | This RLO outlines the five fundamental steps to conducting a systematic review of health care research so as identify, select and critically appraise relevant research. | |

Surrogate Outcomes | This RLO considers the type of evidence which should be used when making decisions about patient care. | |

Types of qualitative research | This RLO outlines the variety of types of qualitative research that there are. It's aimed primarily at students studying evidence based practice and research methods. | |

Using databases to find journal articles | An introduction to online databases of journals relevant to nurses (eg CINAHL, BNI). | |

What are Journals? | This learning object introduces educational journals and describes three types: Academic, Professional and Subject. The examples used are drawn from the area of nursing, but the concepts are cross-discipline. | |

What is a randomised controlled trial? | This RLO outlines how Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) work. | |

What is Evidence Based Practice? | This RLO introduces the concept of evidence based practice and explains, in outline, how evidence based practice is done. | |

Why critique research? | Why published research needs to be appraised by readers. |