Research Education

The primary objective of our research education program is train our students in “information mastery”, able to identify, interpret and integrate the latest scientific evidence with patient preferences and their own clinical expertise in the context of care.

NWHSU has identified nine EIP competencies for its students which are addressed in the Foundations of Evidence-Informed Practice courses and in other courses in the program curricula.

We also hope to stimulate students’ interest in research and to create pathways for interested individuals to pursue research careers. This is accomplished through EIP Student Internships.

Evidence informed practice competencies

  1. Define Evidence-Informed Practice (EIP) and discuss its importance in health delivery
  2. Describe fundamental principles of research
  3. Describe non-research forms of healthcare evidence and information
  4. Critically appraise different forms of evidence
  5. Discuss the importance of research in one’s discipline, and its current status
  6. Efficiently find evidence-informed answers to specific questions
  7. Effectively apply relevant research evidence in practice in conjunction with patient preferences and clinical expertise
  8. Effectively use EIP to communicate with patients, other healthcare providers, third-party payers and others.
  9. Effectively participate in research in one’s field

Foundations of Evidence-Informed Practice courses

A course in Foundation of Evidence-Informed Practice is part of the required curriculum for students enrolled in NWHSU’s chiropractic, acupuncture and Chinese medicine, and massage therapy programs.

Each course uses a blended approach of classroom and online presentations and activities to introduce students to the basic principles of Evidence-Informed Practice (EIP). EIP is an approach that integrates clinical findings, patient preferences, research and clinical experience (all important types of evidence) into the process of healthcare delivery. Students learn the strengths and limitations of each element of the model and how to use them together to enhance clinical decision-making and patient outcomes.

Evidence-informed practice internships

One of the goals of our EIP internships is to provide students hands on experience in using research in practice and to create interest in participating and conducting research.

Since its inception, NWHSU’s research department has encouraged students to play a role in its ongoing clinical research. Over 50 students have participated in research at NWHSU under the supervision of seasoned scientists.

Several of these positions led to fellowships and careers in research. New internships have been created, and additional opportunities for students are in the development stage.