Synthesising Evidence for Healthcare

Subject code: NS5333:03 

In today’s data age, healthcare professionals have access to vast amounts of information and misinformation. In this subject, you will learn how to find, appraise and utilise reliable and credible sources of health-related information.

You will acquire advanced knowledge and skills in literature searching and appraisal. You will also undertake a systematic search and critical appraisal of research in the production of a narrative literature review related to your area of healthcare interest. 

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:

  • Create and execute a literature searching plan relevant to the student's area of specialisation and interest through the identification of appropriate keywords, databases and delimiters
  • Critically appraise selected literature using a systematic tool relevant to the student's area of specialisation and interest
  • Produce a well-structured, concise but comprehensive review of appraised literature.


Literature search plan (due week 2): 10%
Critical appraisal (due week 4): 25%
Narrative literature review (due week 7): 65%.

This subject forms part of the Advanced Practice, Leadership and Management, and Nurse Education majors in the online Master of Nursing.

Please note, course structure and content are subject to change. For information on all course subjects download the course guide.

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