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92927 Evidence-based Practice (Midwifery)

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UTS: Health
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:


Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


This subject provides students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to be able to effectively use evidence to inform midwifery practice as well as be research aware within the clinical practice environment. Students gain a broad understanding of quantitative and qualitative approaches to research. The ability to critique the evidence assists students formulate evidence-based guidelines. A focus on using woman-centred language helps students develop the skills needed to be able to discuss research findings with women in practice.

Subject objectives

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
A. Describe the role of evidence in midwifery practice and the advantages, disadvantages and constraints of evidence-based practice from the perspective of midwives, women and policy makers. (ANMC 14.1)
B. Locate current research literature from a range of methodologies related to a specific topic. (ANMC 14.1)
C. Critique the validity and reliability of the methods used in different studies. (ANMC 14.1)
D. Formulate evidence based guidelines and demonstrate the ability to use woman centred language when discussing the findings with women. (ANMC 3.1, 3.2, 5.6, 13.1)
E. Identify the midwives role in generating an evidence-based practice culture. (ANMC 2.5, 14.1)
This subject also contributes specifically to the following graduate attributes:
  • Practice woman centred care (1.0)
  • Are professionally competent midwives who provide safe and effective midwifery care using intelligent kindness (2.0)
  • Are professionally engaged critical thinkers who take a lively and questioning approach and embrace lifelong learning (6.0)


Assessment task 1: Critique of the literature on a specific topic and the development of evidence-based midwifery guidelines


This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

B, C, D and E

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

2.0 and 6.0

Weight: 60
  1. Appropriate demonstration of safe and effective Midwifery Care (18 marks)
  2. Appropriateness of spoken, written and non-verbal communication to enable safe and effective care (6 marks)
  3. Successful Identification and interpretation of relevant research literature that influences practices (36 marks)

(please see utsonline for a marking rubric for this assignment)

Assessment task 2: Role Play


This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

A, D and E

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

1.0, 2.0 and 6.0

Weight: 40

Word limit: 2000 words

  • Organisation: clarity of presentation, logical organisation, linking ideas, grammar, spelling, format margins (5 marks)
  • Appropriate bibliography (5 marks)
  • Described the evidence and answered the questions relating to the clinical issue in language that enables the woman's understanding (25 marks)
  • Demonstrated appropriate midwifery practice (5 marks)

Required texts

Walsh, D. 2012, Evidence and Skills for Normal Labour and Birth: A Guide for Midwives, 2nd edn, Routledge, London.

Recommended texts

Hoffmann, T., Bennett, S. & Del Mar, C. 2013, Evidence-based practice across the health professions, 2nd edn. Churchill Livingstone, Chatswood, Australia.


Aveyard, H. & Sharp, P. 2013 A Beginner's guide to evidence-based practice in health and social care, 2nd edn, McGraw Hill. Open University Press, Maidenhead, England.

The Cochrane Collaboration:

DiCenso, A., Guyatt, G. & Ciliska, D. 2005, Evidence based nursing: a guide to clinical practice, Mosby, St. Louis, Missouri.

Hoffmann, T., Bennett, S. & Del Mar, C. 2013, Evidence-based practice across the health professions, 2nd edn. Churchill Livingstone, Chatswood, Australia.

Leap, N. 2012, The power of words revisited, Essentially MIDIRS, vol. 3, no. 1

Melnyk, B.& Fineout-Overholt, E. 2011, Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare, 2nd edn, Wolters Kluwer, London.

Page, L. & McCandlish, R. 2006, The new midwifery: science and sensitivity in practice, 2nd edn, Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh.

Sackett, D.L. 2000, Evidence-based medicine: how to practice and teach EBM, 2nd edn, Churchill Livingstone, New York.

Schnieder, Z. Whitehead, D., Lo-Biondo-Wood, G. & Haber, J. 2013, Nursing and midwifery research: methods and appraisal for evidence based practice, Mosby, Elsevier, Sydney.

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