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The Research Process

The Research Process

1) The Research Process

Instructions:

  1. Read an article published recently(less than 5 years) on a topic of your interest.
  2. Provide the citation and a written summary of your answers to the following questions:
    1. What is the research problem?
    2. What is the purpose statement?
    3. What were the initial hypotheses for this study?
    4. What was the study design?
    5. Where the hypotheses rejected or accepted?
    6. What was the overall conclusion of this paper?

    2) Searching for the Best EvidenceInstructions:

    1. Locate one primary research article, systematic review or practice guidelines related to the PICOT question that is a report of an evidence-based practice or a quality improvement project. Thous this assignment involves finding one (1) article, keep in mind that you must describe the process on how you were able to locate the article. Then, answer the following questions:
      1. What is the level of evidence that best answers your PICOT question?
      2. What relevant databases did you search to find the article?
      3. What keywords from your PICOT question were used to search the database?
      4. What strategies were applying to streamline your search?
      5. Did you use “MeSH terms”, Boolean connectors or parameters to help you search for the evidence?

      3) Sampling Methods

      Instructions:

      1. Please find an experimental or quasi-experimental or descriptive article you wild like to use for the article critique assignment. Make sure it is from a nursing journal and is not older than five years. on a topic of your interest.
      2. Review the article and provide a summary of the article, and answer the following questions:
        1. Discuss whether you think the article is true-experimental, quasi-experimental, or no experimental. You must also state what type of quantitative design (descriptive, correlational, etc.)
        2. Where was the setting of the study?
        3. What are the sampling methods? Does the sample reflect the population (representativeness)? What about sample size? What was the risk of sampling error in the study? Did the author acknowledge the sample criteria? Inclusion or exclusion?
        4. What are the variables being measured?
        5. What data collections methods were used?
        6. What is the intervention?