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Assimilate, analyze, critique, and summarize an original research articles. In other words, select a report of a single, original study.
Through this assignment, the student will
Preparing the Table
Conduct a PICO(T) search on the nursing problem that was previously identified (see Attached document concerning falls), discussion questions or a nursing problem related to your practice setting. 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).
Construct a table summarizing the four most credible and recent studies, using the Research Summary template. 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.
Preparing the Summary
Briefly (4-6 pages; not including cover page and reference page(s)) 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. Include the doi number for each article. Submit a permalink of each article you have chosen for this assignment (directions on how to obtain a permalink are located in the Course Resource section).
Instructions for setting up your paper in APA 6th edition format.
Look at the example document for this assignment. Start your paper as you would other APA 6th edition 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.
Research Summary Table (template provided in separate document)
Student Name: ___________________
Sample/Number of Participants (provide descriptive statistics)
Level of Evidence
Findings (provide any inferential statistics)
Selection of Articles
Selects appropriate, single studies from professional, peer-reviewed literature.
Analysis of Purposes of Studies
Analysis of the purposes of the studies is clear.
Analysis of Study Samples
Analysis of the samples used in the studies is clear.
Analysis of Research Designs
Analysis of the research designs used in the studies is clear.
Describes the Level of Evidence
Describes the level of evidence for each study clearly.
Analysis of Findings
Analysis of the findings of the studies is clear.
Analysis of Limitations
Analysis of the limitations of the studies is clear.
Summary of Articles
(See summary categories and breakdown of points listed above under Summary.)
Summary of all aspects of the studies is clear and comprehensive. Rationale for decisions related to use of study findings is clear.
Grammar, Punctuation, and Spelling
Grammar, spelling, word usage, and punctuation are consistent with rules for formal written work.
APA formatting is correct
Submits permalink of each study chosen
Submits a permalink of each study chosen for this assignment. Place the permalink of each study on a Word document and place the Word document into the Dropbox before submitting the actual paper.
A quality paper will meet or exceed all of the above requirements.