Evidence Based Practice in Health Promotion


Health Promotion

Holder of subject:

Dr Brigita Skela Savič, Professor

Education providers:

  • Dr Brigita Skela Savič, Professor

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Individual student work:




Level of study:

Second Bologna cycle study program Health Promotion




  • Slovene/English
Subject specific competences:
By the end of the course the student should be able to:
  • critically examine the basis for different aspects of professional practice
  • identify the current limits of knowledge within their field of professional practice
  • examine the concept of ’evidence based practice’ and appreciate its relevance for healthcare
  • explore the implications of using evidence in practice
  • identify strategies to overcome barriers to using evidence
  • develop own his/her own applicative research project and make publication of it.  
The course aims to encourage students to reflect on the basis for their own professional practice. It is intended that students will develop a questioning attitude and will explore the rational for the way care is provided in their particular field of practice. Evidence based practice is a complex concept and students will have the opportunity to consider the ethical, political, managerial and methodological issues that surround it.  Students will be encouraged to develop their understanding of how evidence is generated, retrieved, appraised and more importantly applied in practice.

Mandatory  and recommended references:

Mandatory references:

  • Crookes PA, Davies S. Research into Practice: Essential skills for reading and applying research in nursing and healthcare. 2nd ed. Lpndon: Baillière Tindall; 2004.  
  • Newell R, Burnard P. Research for Evidence-based Practice. Oxford: Blackwell; 2006. 
  • Melnyk BM, Fineout-Overholt E. Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing & Healthcare: A Guide to Best Practice. Philadelphia [etc.]: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; cop; 2011.
  • Clifford C, Clark J. Getting Research into Practice. Edinburgh [etc.]: Churchill Livingstone; 2004. 
  • Poe S, White KM, eds. John Hopkins nursing evidence-based practice : implementation and translation. Nursing evidence-based practice. Indianapolis, IN: Sigma Theta Tau International, cop.; 2010.
  • Johns Hopkins Nursing Evidence Based Practice Model and Guidelines. 2nd ed. Dearholt J, Dearholt SL, eds. B.k.: B.z.; 2012.

Recommended references:

  • Kohatsu ND, Robinson JG, Torner JC. Evidence-based public health: An evolving concept. Am J Prev Med. 2004;27(5):417-21.

Conditions for the inclusion in the study:

No conditions.

Assessment methods:

  • Development of research plane for research conducting, presentation front of the group - 50 %
  • written examination – 50 %.

Teaching methods:

  • Seminar: use of audiovisual equipment
  • Designated reading and homework 
  • Workshops using specified reading and appraisal materials.
  • Independent research work by using consultation of teachers