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PHRM 713 and 753: Aspects of Patient Care

Guide for Alexandra Herman's Aspects of Patient Care class. Follow the order of the pages to complete the class the week of March 30th & feel free to utilize afterwards as well.

Why Knowing How to Research This Matters

"Traditional and complementary medicine (T&CM) is an important and often underestimated health resource with many applications, especially in the prevention and management of lifestyle-related chronic diseases, and in meeting the health needs of ageing populations. Many countries are seeking to expand coverage of essential health services at a time when consumer expectations for care are rising, costs are soaring, and most budgets are either stagnant or being reduced." WHO Global Report on Traditional and Complementary Medicine 2019

Objectives for the Class & Guide

  1. Students will feel comfortable with analyzing and evaluating different types of resources, beginning to confront critical issues within research, such as who writes the prevalent narrative and how implicit bias and cultural norms are represented within said research.
  2. Students will understand research as an iterative process, with various search strategies and the need to adapt based on the resource they are using. This will also require understanding how to evaluate the search mechanisms and resources they find. 
  3. Students will be able to manage their searches and research.

These objectives map to the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in the following ways.

  • Authority is constructed and contextual
    • recognize that authoritative content may be packaged formally or informally and may include sources of all media types
    • acknowledge they are developing their own authoritative voices in a particular area and recognize the responsibilities this entails, including seeking accuracy and reliability, respecting intellectual property, and participating in communities of practice
      • develop awareness of the importance of assessing content with a skeptical stance and with a self-awareness of their own biases and worldview
      • question traditional notions of granting authority and recognize the value of diverse ideas and worldviews
  • Research as Inquiry
    • use various research methods, based on need, circumstance, and type of inquiry
    • synthesize ideas gathered from multiple sources
    • draw reasonable conclusions based on the analysis and interpretation of information
      • maintain an open mind and a critical stance
      • value persistence, adaptability, and flexibility and recognize that ambiguity can benefit the research process
      • seek multiple perspectives during information gathering and assessment
      • seek appropriate help when needed
  • Searching as Strategic Exploration
    • identify interested parties, such as scholars, organizations, governments, and industries, who might produce information about a topic and then determine how to access that information
    • match information needs and search strategies to appropriate search tools
    • design and refine needs and search strategies as necessary, based on search results
      • understand that first attempts at searching do not always produce adequate results
      • persist in the face of search challenges, and know when they have enough information to complete the information task


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