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,
(CO 3) Synthesize for dissemination the research findings from nursing and related disciplines. (PO 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9,
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
V.Overall, what are the limitations of the study, and how can these limitations be overcome in subsequent studies (10
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)
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