Welcome to the Using Health Research website. We hope to take you on an enjoyable journey through concepts and processes in health research with the aim of helping you to understand health research and in turn, to use the findings of research in your practice.

How to use

Using Health Research has been specially designed to support students undertaking the Evidence and Research in Practice (ERP) Module although it should prove useful to other students learning about research methods. The module aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to evaluate research evidence in order to guide and inform professional practice. Using Health Research is not intended to be used as a 'stand alone' research methods course but revisits theory you will meet in your taught sessions and illustrates questions of research design, methodology and rigour in the context of a healthcare practice setting. You can either work through tutorials in a stepwise fashion to consolidate classroom teaching or dip in and out of the tutorials if you feel less confident in a particular aspect of the course. There are plenty of activities for you to test your understanding of essential aspects of research theory. We hope Using Health Research will be an enjoyable means of thinking and learning about research.

Using Health Research invites you to approach this journey through the eyes of healthcare professionals - fictional characters working in primary care - who encounter various realistic practice dilemmas in which the need to consider research arises. You can accompany the characters through these events, with diversions off to consult theory relating to key research concepts and to activities to help you think about the ideas. You may be asked to reach a decision about what you have seen to help resolve the dilemma.

You will meet the characters in a moment and in tutorial one you will have the opportunity to join them on their first day in the busy Kentonville Health Centre but before that, here is a short background about Kentonville.