This week focuses on taking the research problem from Unit 2 and determining the research design that would be most appropriate for addressing the problem. What do the terms qualitative, quantitative, and mixed design mean in your pursuit of best possible answers to the research problem?

Remember the Topic Search is due at the end of Unit 3. More information about this assignment may be found in the Assignments tab of Unit 3.

The question often arises, “Are we utilizing the best practice, or is it that we have always done it this way?” How does the nurse get involved and determine the gaps in evidence versus practice? What are considered credible sources of information, and how can nurses strengthen the evidence?

The readings and discussions will support the following course outcomes:

  • CO 2: Apply research principles to the interpretation of the content of published research studies.
  • CO 4: Evaluate published nursing research for credibility and clinical significance related to evidence-based practice.

NR449 Evidence-Based Practice

RUA: Topic Search Strategy Guidelines

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Purpose
The Topic Search Strategy paper is the first of three related assignments. The purpose of this initial paper is to briefly
describe your search strategies when identifying two 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: Your faculty member will inform you when this assignment is due. The Late Assignment Policy applies to
this assignment.

Total points possible: 160 points

Preparing the assignment:

Follow these guidelines when completing this assignment. Speak with your faculty member if you have questions.
1) Students will be placed into groups by the end of the second week of the session. The groups will work together to

select a practice problem of interest as the focus for the three RUA assignments in this course. The practice topic of
interest will also be used to complete week 3 and week 5 independent student assignments, as well as a group
PowerPoint presentation in week 7.
a. Individuals will complete this assignment independently for weeks 3 and 5.
b. Teams must assure that members do not use the same articles when completing this assignment.
c. Please make sure you do not duplicate articles within your group.
d. Paper should be 3-4 content pages in length. Title and reference pages are required but are excluded from 3-4

page length.
2) The paper will include the following sections:

a. Clinical Question (45 points/28%)
• Describe the problem. What is the focus of your group’s work?
• Explain the significance of the problem in terms of patient outcomes. What health outcomes result from

your problem? Or what statistics document this is a problem? You may find support on websites for
government or professional organizations.

• PICOT question in support of the group topic.
• State the purpose of your paper. What will your paper do or describe? This is similar to a problem

statement. “The purpose of this paper is to . . .”
b. Levels of Evidence (20 points/13%)

• Identify the type of question being asked (therapy, prognosis, meaning, etc.).
• What is the best type of evidence to answer that question (e.g., RCT, cohort study, qualitative study, etc.)?

c. Search Strategy (65 points/41%)
• List search terms and results.
• Databases used (start with the CU library). Link your search with the PICOT question described above.
• Refinement decisions. As you did your search, wha

NR449 RUA: Topic Search Strategy Guidelines

NR449 RUA: Topic Search Strategy Guidelines

Criteria

Ratings

Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeClinical Question

Required criteria
1. Describe the problem. What is the focus of your group’s work?
2. Explain the significance of the problem in terms of patient outcomes. What health outcomes result from your problem? Or what statistics document this is a problem? You may find support on websites for government or professional organizations.
3. PICOT question in support of the group topic.
4. State the purpose of your paper. What will your paper do or describe? This is similar to a problem statement. “The purpose of this paper is to . . .”

45 pts

Highest Level of Performance

Includes 4 requirements.

40 pts

High Level of Performance

Includes 3 requirements.

37 pts

Satisfactory Performance

Includes 2 requirements.

33 pts

Unsatisfactory Performance

Includes 1 requirement.

0 pts

Not Present

No requirements for this section presented.

45 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeLevels of Evidence

Required criteria
1. Identify the type of question being asked (therapy, prognosis, meaning, etc.).
2. What is the best type of evidence to answer that question (e.g., RCT, cohort study, qualitative study, etc.)?

20 pts

Highest Level of Performance

Includes 2 requirements.

16 pts

High Level of Performance

Includes 1 requirement.

10 pts

Satisfactory Performance

Incomplete or inaccurate information presented.

0 pts

Unsatisfactory or Not Present

No requirements for this section presented.

20 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSearch Strategy

Required criteria
1. List search terms and results.
2. Databases used (start with the CU library). Link your search with the PICOT question described above.
3. Refinement decisions. As you did your search, what decisions did you make in refinement to get your required articles down to a reasonable number for review? Were any limits used? If so, what?
4. Identification of two (2) most relevant articles (primary sources published within the last 5 years).

Week 3: RUA

PICOT Questions:

A PICOT questions helps you define a search strategy by posing what you want to know in question form to help guide your search strategy.

For this assignment you are to use your topic: look at your section of the rubric and develop a PICOT question that helps guide your search. You are encouraged to work with your group members to develop usable PICOT questions that will help you in week seven.

PICOT stands for:

P- Patient, population, problem

I-Intervention

C- Comparison/Control Group

O-Outcome or objective of research

T- Time Frame for study completion

Here is an example of mine that I utilized during my graduate research:

What is the incidence of PONV in female patients aged 18-30 versus aged 31-62 undergoing total hysterectomy from March 2019-March 2020.

P- As you can see I have the patient- female aged 18-60

Intervention- Total Hysterectomy

C- Two groups of varied ages- helps me see if PONV is worse or better in older patients

O-Objective to determine rates of post-operative nausea and vomiting

T- duration of one year

Another example based on research I created:

For ASA 1 and 2 patients (P) undergoing outpatient elective colonoscopy (I) is there a difference in discharge times (T) between those receiving Ketamine/Propofol, Propofol/Versed or Propofol(C) to decrease discharge times from outpatient endoscopy unit (O).