RHSC 583

Applying Research to Practice

Course Description

This course is intended to enable practitioners to critically review recent research in different areas of rehabilitation practice, and theories or research for knowledge transfer, under the guidance of a content expert (e.g. leadership and management, cardiac rehabilitation, ethics in practice). RHSC 501 Evidence for Practice is the pre-requisite. RHSC 583 topics vary year to year based on the interests and needs of MRSc learners.

Learners in the Master of Rehabilitation Science program may take the 1.5 credit courses up to 4 times (for a total of 6 credits) as long as each course taken is on a different topic. Critiquing research is a required pre-requisite for assessing the transferability of new knowledge to practice.

Course Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course learners will be able to:

  1. Critique research and/or theories on the course topic,
  2. Develop plans/approaches for transferring new knowledge on the topic to rehabilitation practice, and
  3. Critique plans/approaches for transferring new knowledge on the course topic to health care contexts.


2021/22 Topics

October 12 to November 26: Sec 023: “Continuing Professional Education”(1.5 credits, 7 weeks)

Instructor: Mary Clark

Changes to health care are rapid and constant, making lifelong learning essential for developing and maintaining expert practice. By reviewing recent research and best practices learners explore new, patient-centred approaches to facilitating continuing professional development in themselves and others.

January 10 – February 26, 2022 Sec 001: “Pain Management” (1.5 credits, 7 weeks) 

Instructor:  Daniela Calvacante

The multifaceted nature of pain can make it complex to treat.  Pain can be both protective and functionally limiting; it can result in both physical and psychological manifestations.  This course will provide learners with an opportunity to explore current evidence and best practices for management of pain.

February 28 – April 16, 2022 Sec 024: “Telerehabilitation” (1.5 credits, 7 weeks)

Instructor:  Dr. Shahriar Parvaneh

The covid-19 pandemic accelerated the use of telehealth in many rehabilitation settings.  This course will provide learners an opportunity to critically explore current best practices in telerehabilitation in different patient contexts.

April 18 – June 3, 2022:  Sec 016:  “Clinical Education” (1.5 credits, 7 weeks)
Instructor: Wilma Jelley

Designed for practitioners who are coordinators of clinical education or fieldwork programs, and/or are preceptors for students, this course focuses on the exploration of current issues and the application of current research in clinical education to rehabilitation practice.

2022/23 Topics

May 30 to July 17, 2022: Sec 007: ” Interprofessional Practice”(1.5 credits, 7 weeks)- Cancelled

 Instructor: Denise Sibilleau

Many patients today have complex care needs that can be best addressed with an interprofessional approach. Learners find the exploration of recent research and best practices valuable for developing and/or enhancing interprofessional practice.

2022/23 Topics

Sep 6 – December 7, 2022: Sec 002/021: “Transformational Leadership” (3 credits, 14 weeks)- 

Instructor: Jason Giesbrecht

Transformational leaders inspire, empower, and motivate others to perform at their best. Learners will explore the latest concepts and best practices on transformational and other forms of leadership, and through practical application, assess how leadership approach can foster success.  Please note that this is a 3-credit offering of RHSC 583 and interested learners must register for both sections (002 and 021).

January 9 – February 27, 2023 Sec 015: “Mental Health” (1.5 credits, 7 weeks) 

Instructor:  Stefany Kawka

This course focuses on the exploration of current issues and the application of current research in mental health to rehabilitation practice.

February 28 – April  16, 2023 Sec 005: “Pediatrics” (1.5 credits, 7 weeks) 

Instructor:  Debbie Field

Paediatric rehabilitation addresses medical, physical, functional, social, emotional/behavioural, educational aspects of health. Paediatric rehabilitation professionals work within in a child and family centred collaborative framework and are integral to the treatment of disability related activity limitations or participation restrictions using evidence-based approaches. In this section of RHSC 583 learners explore current concepts and critically review research in paediatric rehabilitation across a range of settings including home, hospitals, schools, as well as community rehabilitation centres and clinics.

April 17 – June 2, 2023 Sec 020: “Self Management of Chronic Conditions” (1.5 credits, 7 weeks) 

Instructor:  Simone Gruenig

Chronic disease accounts for a large and rising portion of health care use in Canada. People with chronic health conditions often need assistance in the form of education, coaching, and other interventions to facilitate improved confidence, knowledge, skills, and motivation to manage the physical, social, and emotional factors of their disease in order to live well with a chronic disease. The organized provision of this assistance by health care providers and others is known as self-management support. In this course, current concepts and research of a range of self-management approaches will be explored. In addition, patient and health provider perspectives as well as organizational, cultural, and psychosocial factors influencing self-management will be explored.

Course Readings

References for the required core RHSC 583 readings will be provided to learners in the course site in Canvas. They can be accessed electronically through the UBC library starting on the first day of the course.