General information

Subject type: Basic

Coordinator: Carolina Chabrera Sanz

Trimester: Third term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

Esther Cabrera Torres
Carolina Chabrera Sanz 

Teaching languages

  • Catalan
  • Spanish




Basic skills
  • CB3_That students have the ability to gather or interpret relevant data (usually within their area of ​​study), to make judgments that include reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical issues

Specific skills
  • CE6_Apply health care information and communication technologies and systems

  • CE16_Ability to describe the fundamentals of the primary level of health and the activities to be developed to provide comprehensive nursing care to the individual, family and community. Understand the role and activities and cooperative attitude that the professional must develop in a Primary Health Care team. Promote the participation of individuals, families and groups in their health-illness process. Identify and analyze the influence of internal and external factors on the level of health of individuals and groups. Apply the necessary methods and procedures in their field to identify the most relevant health problems in a community. Analyze statistical data related to population studies, identifying possible causes of problems and health. Educate, facilitate and support the health and well-being of members of the community whose lives are affected by health problems, risk, suffering, illness, disability or death.

General competencies
  • CG6_Basing nursing interventions on scientific evidence and available media

  • CG13_Know the principles of health and socio-health financing and use the available resources appropriately

  • CG14_Establish evaluation mechanisms, considering the scientific-technical and quality aspects

  • CG19_Enjoy autonomy and critical ability to use ICT

Transversal competences
  • CT 1 Develop the ability to assess inequalities based on sex and gender, to design solutions


Nursing is an academic discipline that has experienced great transformations in recent years. No one can fail to understand nurse training without the achievement of basic research skills, just like the rest of the health professionals. Nursing as a science must go hand in hand with the scientific method.

The foundations of any discipline are the understanding of the research process, the conduct of rigorous research and the practical application of this research in the clinic. With these premises one must be aware that the nursing professional must achieve the need to base his practice on solid evidence.

The subject that is presented must give the nursing student this basic knowledge in research methodology, train them with the tools of research and promote within their learning a concern for research and scientific evidence. These skills must allow the future nurse to participate in multidisciplinary research projects, present results at national and international conferences and be able to speak with other health professionals using scientific language.


Topic 1

Importance of nursing research. Historical evolution. The concept of evidence-based nursing.

Topic 2

Information sources. Means of access to scientific documentation. Specific databases in nursing. Literature review.

Topic 3

The scientific method: The research process. Hypothesis. Research questions. Population and sample. Variables, measuring instruments. Data analysis. Critical reading of a scientific article. Validity and reliability of health measuring instruments.

Topic 4

Quantitative and qualitative methodologies and their application in nursing.

Topic 5

The designs of research studies. Observational, descriptive designs. Observational, analytical designs. Experimental and quasi-experimental designs.

Topic 6

Development of a research protocol.

Topic 7

Research ethics. Ethical considerations in research. Research committees. How to pass a CEIC.

Topic 8

Dissemination of results. Oral communications, posters, scientific articles. Abstract elaboration / oral communication.


Evaluation system

The assessment system for the skills and learning outcomes of this subject includes different assessment activities for Subject 3 - Public Health, Communication and Research in Health:

Evaluation system Minimum weighting Maximum weighting
SE1. Exam 20% 40%
SE2. Individual works 20% 40%
SE3. Teamwork 20% 40%
SE4. Classroom participation 5% 40%
SE5. Seminars 10% 50%
SE7. Practical test 5% 40%


A system of quantitative (from 0 to 10) and qualitative (suspended, approved, notable, excellent, honorary registration) is used according to RD 1125/2003.

The total or partial copy in any of the learning activities means a "Not Presented" in the subject, without option to present in the proof of recovery and without prejudice of the opening of a file for this reason.

According to UPF regulations, students who have the option of retrieving the subject are those who have obtained a “suspended” grade, which are the only ones that can be modified in the recovery process.

The evaluation system and recovery period are detailed in the Learning Plan available in the virtual classroom at the beginning of the subject.



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Nursing Research. Theory and Practice. Mar Lleixá-Fortuño, Pilar Montesó. URV publications. 2015 Access.

Grove, SK Gray J. (2019). Research in Nursing. Development of evidence-based practice. (7th edition). Madrid: Elsevier.

Gerrish K, Lacey A. (2008) .Nursing Research (5th ed). Madrid: McGraw-Hill Interamericana

Mayan, M. (2001). An introduction to qualitative methods. Training module for students and professionals. México: Qualitative Institute Press. International Institute for Qualitative Methodology


Polit.D .; Hungler, B. (2000). Scientific research in health sciences (6ª Ed). Madrid: McGraw-Hill Interamericana.