The purpose of this assignment is for the student to learn to assimilate, analyze, critique, and summarize original research articles. In other words, select a report of a single, original study.
Through this assignment, the student will demonstrate the ability to:
(CO 2) Formulate and analyze nursing/clinical problems related to nursing and other disciplines. (PO 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
(CO 3) Synthesize for dissemination the research findings from nursing and related disciplines. (PO 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11)
Due Date: Sunday 11:59 p.m. MT at the end of Week 3
Total Points Possible: 150 Points
Through this assignment, the student will
1.Conduct a systematic search of relevant databases to find research-based evidence related to a nursing problem (CO 2);
2.Construct a summary table of four peer-reviewed studies, indicating the purpose, sample, design/level of evidence, findings, and limitations of each (CO 3); and
3.Summarize the findings of the four studies as a whole (CO 3).
Preparing the Table
Conduct a PICO(T) search on the nursing problem that you identified in Week 2, Discussion questions. Select the four most recent peer-reviewed studies that describe original research in a single study (do not select a meta-analysis, systematic review of research, or integrative literature review). Refer to the Types of Articles Found in the Nursing and Healthcare document in Doc Sharing to make sure that you are using the correct document.
Construct a table summarizing the four most credible and recent studies, using the Research Summary template on the next page (also found in Doc Sharing). Analyze each article and provide the following information in brief format: purpose of the study; type of sample and number of participants; design of the study, along with the level of evidence; findings of the study; and limitations of the study.
Briefly (23 pages) summarize the results of the four studies as a whole. Follow this outline:
I.In a short paragraph, restate your research question and describe your search strategy. (10 points)
II.Describe the designs used in the studies that you are providing. Where do these studies fall on the Levels of Evidence table in Lessons 1 & 2? (20 points)
III.Based on these studies, what are the findings? What is the answer to the research question? Do the studies fail to answer the question, and if so, why not? (10 points)
IV.Comment on how the sample was selected and on the number of participants. Are they adequate? Why or why not? (10 points)
V.Overall, what are the limitations of the study, and how can these limitations be overcome in subsequent studies? (10 points)
VI.Based on these findings, is the evidence that you found on your topic strong enough to suggest a change in practice or an idea for practice? Please provide a rationale for your answer. (10 points)
Provide your references, formatted in APA style, after the summary.
Research Summary Table (template provided in separate document)
Student Name: ___________________
Author (year)PurposeSample/Number of Participants (provide descriptive statistics)DesignLevel of EvidenceFindings (provide any inferential statistics)Limitations
Instructions for setting up your paper in APA 6th ed format.
Look at the example document for this assignment. Start your paper as you would other APA 6th ed format professional papers. Copy and paste the table into your APA paper. This should allow your paper to remain in a vertical format. Your paper should be one document. ?
Selection of Articles106.7Selects appropriate, single studies from professional, peer-reviewed literature.
Analysis of Purposes of Studies106.7Analysis of the purposes of the studies is clear.
Analysis of Study Samples 106.7Analysis of the samples used in the studies is clear.
Analysis of Research Designs/Levels of Evidence106.7Analysis of the research designs used in the studies is clear. Describes the levels of evidence used in the studies clearly.
Analysis of Findings106.7Analysis of the findings of the studies is clear.
Analysis of Limitations106.7Analysis of the limitations of the studies is clear.
Summary of Articles
(See rubric for categories and breakdown of points.)7046.4Summary of all aspects of the studies is clear and comprehensive. Rationale for decisions related to use of study findings is clear.
Grammar, Punctuation, and Spelling106.7No more than 03 errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
APA Formatting106.7APA formatting is correct with 03 errors.
Total150100A quality paper will meet or exceed all of the above requirements.
Outstanding or highest level of performanceB
Very good or high level of performanceC
Competent or satisfactory level of performanceF
Poor or failing or unsatisfactory level of performance
Possible Points = 130 Points
Selection of articles10 Points9 Points8 Points7-0 Points
Selects four appropriate, single studies from professional, peer-reviewed literature.
Three of the articles selected are appropriate, single studies from professional, peer-reviewed literature.Two of the articles selected are appropriate, single studies from professional, peer-reviewed literature.
One of the articles selected is an appropriate, single study from professional, peer-reviewed literature or none of the articles are appropriate.
Analysis of the purposes of the studies in the table10 Points9 Points8 Points7-0 Points
Analysis of the purposes of the four studies is clear.
Analysis of the purposes of at least three of the studies is clear.Analysis of the purposes of at least two of the studies is clear.Analysis of the purpose of one of the studies is clear. Or, there is no analysis of any studies.
Analysis of the study samples in the table.10 Points9 Points8 Points7-0 Points
Analysis of the samples used in the four studies is clear.
Analysis of the samples of at least three of the studies is clear.Analysis of the samples of at least two of the studies is clear.Analysis of the samples of one of the studies is clear. Or, there is no analysis of any sample.
Analysis of research designs in the table and summary as well as level of evidence10 Points9 Points8 Points7-0 Points
Analysis of the research designs used in the four studies is clear & describes the level of evidence for all 4 articles.
Analysis of the research designs of at least three of the studies is clear &/or describes level of evidence for 3 articles.Analysis of the research designs of at least two of the studies is clear &/or describes level of evidence for 2 articles.Analysis of the research designs of one of the studies is clear. Or, there is not analysis of any research design. No levels of evidence present.
Analysis of findings in the table 10 Points9 Points8 Points7-0 Points
Analysis of the findings of the four studies is clear.
Analysis of the findings of at least three of the studies is clear.Analysis of the findings of at least two of the studies is clear.Analysis of the findings of one of the studies is clear. Or, there is not analysis of findings from any study.
Analysis of limitations in the table
10 Points9 Points8 Points7-0 Points
Analysis of the limitations of the four studies is clear.Analysis of the limitations of at least three of the studies is clear.Analysis of the limitations of at least two of the studies is clear.Analysis of the limitations of one of the studies is clear. Or, there is no analysis of limitations.
Restatement of the research question and describes the search strategy used10 Points9 Points8 Points7-0 Points
Fully describes the research question and search strategy used.
Partially describes the research question and search strategy. used.
Weakly describes the research question and search strategy used.
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