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April 7, 2022


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Why use literature reviews in health and social care? is a course which introduces and explains how literature reviews can support evidence-based practice in health and social care.

A literature review can offer a systematic way in which to sift through information to produce relevant existing knowledge and discern knowledge gaps. This short course explores different examples of the use of literature reviews that have informed policy and practice; social work with older people, cessation of cigarette smoking in pregnant women and use of mindfulness therapy with respect to older people with dementia and their carers.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • Recognise how a literature review of current knowledge and research can contribute to investigation of health and social care.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction 00:07:00
  • Learning outcomes 00:03:00
  • Information overload? 00:20:00
  • Using evidence in practice 00:10:00
  • How literature reviews can shape policy and practice 00:15:00
    • Policy or practice focus, or a mixture? 00:15:00
    • Policy focus: Jean’s literature review 00:15:00
    • Policy and practice focus: Julie’s literature review 00:15:00
    • Practice focus: Adele’s literature review 00:20:00
    • Conclusion 00:15:00

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