UCLA Appraisal Discussion

This week you will search the literature in WCU databases for 3 articles within 5 years of today’s date, that are appropriate for your PICOT question (see below) One article is a quantitative research study, one is a qualitative and the third article is either a Clinical Practice Guideline or a Systematic or Integrative Review. The PDFs for all 4 are attached below. Ensure that you are using the approved week 2 assignment topic list as all of these topics have guidelines associated with them and many WCU articles can be found.

  • Read the first few sentences of methods section of your articles to assess what type of article you have
  • Critique each article using the appropriate Appraisal Forms. The form takes you through a reflection on WHY was research done-HOW was research done and WHAT was found.
  • Review rubric carefully to ensure all questions have been answered. Points are deducted for articles not loaded or if incorrect type of article submitted. The quantitative and qualitative articles will be used in week 6 Article Critique therefore if you are unsuccessful with article selection in week 4 you will need to find a new article by the end of week 5 with the help of the librarian or your faculty in selecting a new article to use in week 6.
  • All answers to questions for week 4 are brief and only 1- 2 sentences. Example: What group produced the guideline? Answer: US Preventive Services Task Force develops recommendations about preventive services based on a review of high-quality scientific evidence and publishes its recommendations on its website and or in a peer reviewed journal
  • Avoid any copying and pasting 7 or more words of content from the article or another source. Use your own words to create your answers. APA is not required for content of answers on template
  • APA is only required for your citation on the template.
  • You must submit the research study articles along with your assignment

Here are the links to assist with APA and searches:

Sometimes students have a difficult time locating clinical practice guidelines. If you have googled the term “clinical practice guidelines + your topic” and haven’t found anything, these additional resources may help make the search easier:

Databases for Systematic Reviews:

MY PICOT Question: Among ED patients(P), does the installation of a real-time location system (RTLS) (I) more effective than manual patient status updates to track patients (C) in helping shorten waiting waits (O) within three months (T)?

Description of The Patient’s Decreasing satisfaction levels and Background Information

After patients experience prolonged waiting times at ED, their satisfaction levels decline. These lengthy waits at ED demoralize patients seeking urgent care services and force people to seek the same services from other facilities that are not experiencing delays or overcrowding. Once the satisfaction levels decrease, daily patient visits drop, leading to a decrease in revenue generation from the ED. These patient dissatisfaction scores negatively portray the hospital’s ED reputation to the public as inefficient.

From the problem’s background viewpoint, manual systems such as patient record books contribute to the problem. It consumes time to enter, store, and track patient information manually in a hospital’s busy ED, and the slow workflow leads to overcrowding and prolonged waiting time. As a result, the hospital should install a computerized system to perform these tasks manually to ensure smooth workflow without causing delays (Hellmich et al., 2017). The significance of this topic to nursing practice is paving the way for revolutionizing nursing practices that adopt new technologies. The topic will become a source of evidence for all hospitals and healthcare providers advocating for the implementation of Electronic Health Records for efficiencies.


Hellmich, T. R., Clements, C. M., El-Sherif, N., Pasupathy, K. S., Nestler, D. M., Boggust, A., … & Hallbeck, M. S. (2017). Contact tracing with a real-time location system: A case study of increasing relative effectiveness in an emergency department. American journal of infection control, 45(12), 1308-1311.

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