cod. PR1010812

Academic year 2022/23
1° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Statistica medica (MED/01)
Scienze propedeutiche
Type of training activity
10 hours
of face-to-face activities
1 credits
hub: Parma Azienda USL
course unit

Integrated course unit module: GENERAL NURSING II

Learning objectives

At the end of the course, the student should be able to:
- remember different phases of a bibliographic search;
- plan and do bibliographic searches on Pubmed and CINAHL;
- understand the structure of a scientific article;
- summarize main results and analyze methodological aspects of a scientific article.



Course unit content

Basics of Evidence Based Nursing (EBN) and Evidence Based Practice (EBP).
From clinical question to bibliographic search: the PICOM methodology.
Types of clinical trials. Systematic reviews and meta-analysis.
Anatomy of scientific litertaure. Primary and secondary documents.
The scientific paper: structure, type and relevance of of articles in scientific journals.
Main bibliographic databases in medicine.
PUBMED structure. How to do a bibliographic research: phases of bibliographic research. Query sintax and Boolean operators. The query language: free research and field research on Pubmed with MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Methodological filters. Examples of bibliohgraphic searches with Pubmed.
Bibliographic search with CINAHL database.

Full programme

See Contents.


The slides, that will be given to the students during the course on Elly, will be sufficient to study for the exam.
The student may choose to refers to the following reference books:
1. "Fondamenti di Ricerca infermieristica", Denise F. Polit, Cheryl Tatano Beck, 2/ed: McGraw-Hill Education, 2018.
2. "Evidence-Based Clinical Practice - La pratica clinico-assistenziale basata su prove di efficacia", Paolo Chiari, Daniela Mosci, Enrico Naldi, Centro Studi EBN, 2/ed. Milano: McGraw Hill, 2011.

Teaching methods

During the classroom lectures the topics of the module program will be illustrated and commented. Theory will be accompanied by examples and simulations that will illustrate its practical use on Web. Several technical terms will be used both in Italian and in English, so that the student can use on his own the catalogues and databases shown during the lessons. Compatibly with the number of students, it is possible that brief exercitations will be organized, so the students can practically apply the concepts shown during the frontal lessons.
Lectures will be held on-site in compliance with safety standards, provided that further instructions on the ongoing health emergency are not implemented. Supporting material will be available on the specific, student-reserved platform (Elly) and will include slide presentations, audio-video aids or video-recording of the lectures.

Assessment methods and criteria

The verification of the achievement of module objectives is a written test including two different parts:
- multiple choice questions about arguments treated during the lessons;
- reading and analysis of an abstract with statements to define as true or false.
The grade will be in 30/30 and its weight will be based on the credits of this module respect to those of the integrate course.

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