sources of knowledge that contribute to professional nursing practice

INDIVIDUAL: TOPIC SEARCH STRATEGY (ITSS) GUIDELINES

PURPOSE

· The Topic Search Strategy Paper is the first of three related assignments which are due in Unit 3.

· The purpose of this initial paper is to briefly describe your search strategies when identifying articles that pertain to an evidence-based practice topic of interest.

Course Outcomes

This assignment enables the student to meet the following course outcomes.

· CO 1: Examine the sources of knowledge that contribute to professional nursing practice. (PO #7)

· CO 2: Apply research principles to the interpretation of the content of published research studies. (POs #4 and #8)

DUE DATE

· Week #2, May 17, Sunday, 11:59 PM, Submitted in ITSS in CANVAS

· The college’s Late Assignment policy applies to this assignment.

POINTS POSSIBLE: 160 Points.

REQUIREMENTS/PREPARING THE PAPER

· Each student will sign-up for a group to formulate an evidence-based practice topic of interest

· Each group will formulate research question using PICO format.

· Each student will search, retrieve, and receive approval for 1 PRIMARY DATA ARTICLE to answer the group Research Question.

· Paper should include a Title and Reference pages.

· Page Length: 3-4 pages Excluding Title and Reference pages

· The paper will include the following:

· Clinical Question

· Group Research Question and in PICOT format

· Purpose of your paper

· Search Strategy

· Search terms

· Databases used: Chamberlain Database

· Refinement decisions made

· Identification of one most relevant articles and why chosen

· Levels of Evidence

· Type of question asked

· Best evidence found to answer question

· Format

· Correct grammar and spelling

· Use of headings for each section

· Use of APA format (sixth edition)

· Required to write the paper based on PAPER FORMAT in page 2

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· Refers to Grading Rubric in page 3

INDIVIDUAL TOPIC SEARCH STRATEGY (ITSS) PAPER FORMAT

CLINICAL QUESTION

Research Question

· Accurately and clearly states your group’s research question as your group formulated using PICO format.

Purpose of Paper

· Describe the purpose of your topic search strategy (ITSS) paper.

SEARCH STRATEGY

Search Terms

· List all terms you used to search for your articles (i.e. breast cancer, screening, mammography, intervention, assessment, influencing factors….etc.)

Library Databases

· List Chamberlain library database you used (i.e. EBSCO, Medline, OVID, PubMed….etc.)

· Google search engine is NOT the library database

Availability of Articles-

· How many research articles were available to answer your group research question?

· Provide numbers of articles, NOT just saying “plenty, sufficient, many…etc.

Refinement Decisions

Changed Decision

· What decision(s) have you changed from your original search strategies? (i.e. peer-review, within last 5 years, primary data article, full-text….etc.)

Rationale for Changed Decision

· What was your rationale for your decision to change from original search strategies?

Availability of Articles

· How many research articles were available to answer your group research question after refinement decision?

· Provide numbers of articles, NOT just saying “plenty, sufficient, many…etc.

FINAL ARTICLES

Final Decision

Selection of Relevant Articles

· Describe decisions you made to specifically select 1 PRIMARY DATA ARTICLE as relevant for answering your group Research Question and for reviewing/analyzing for Analyzing Published Research Article paper.

Levels of Evidence

Topic Addressed

· Describe how your article addresses the topic (i.e. therapy, prognosis, risk factors, assessments, measurement tools, meaning….etc) (see handout)

Study Type

· Identify study type of article(s): Quantitative, Qualitative, Descriptive, or Mixed-Method Study

Level of Evidence: Evidence Level Pyramid

· Identify and describe the level of evidence based on Evidence Level/Hierarchy Pyramid

· Refers to Handout (Quick Guide to Designs in an Evidence Hierarchy)

SUMMARY

· Summarize your overall article search processes/procedures.

Grading Rubric & Description for Individual Topic Search Strategy (ITSS)

CLINICAL QUESTION (20)
Research Question (PICO) 10 · Accurately and clearly states your group’s formulated Research Question and stated in PICO format
Purpose of Paper 10 · Describe the purpose of your ITSS paper
SEARCH STRATEGY (140)
Search Terms 10 · List terms you used to search for your article (i.e. breast cancer, screening, mammography, intervention, factors..etc)
Library Databases 5 · List Chamberlain library database you used (i.e. EBSCO, Medline, OVID, PubMed….etc.)

· Google search engine is NOT the library database

Availability of Articles 5 · How many research articles were available to answer your group research question?

· Provide numbers of articles, NOT just saying “plenty or many…etc.

Refinement Decisions (30) 10 · What decision(s) have you changed from your original search strategies? (i.e. peer-review, within last 5 years, primary data article, full-text….etc.)
10 · What was you rationale for your decision to change?
10 · How many research articles were available to answer your group’s research question after refinement decision?: Provide numbers of articles, not just saying “plenty or many…etc.
Final Articles (20) 15 · Describe decisions you made to specifically select ONE PRIMARY DATA ARTICLE as relevant for answering your group Research Question and for reviewing/analyzing for Analyzing Published Research Article paper.
5 · Submit a hard copy of your selected article.
Level of Evidence (45) 20 · Describe how your article addresses the topic (i.e. therapy, prognosis, risk factors, assessments, or meanings….etc)
15 · Identify and describe the Level of Evidence based on level of evidence pyramid
10 · Identify Study Type of article(s) based on the study design: Quantitative, Qualitative, Descriptive, Mixed-Method Study
Summary (10) 10 · Summarize your overall article search processes/procedures
Format (15) 5

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· Format: Use of required Paper Format including Headings and Subheading for each category, and Paper length for 3-4 pages

· APA Format

Total Points: /160 Points

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