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Appraising the Evidence Guidelines

Appraising the Evidence Guidelines
PURPOSE
The purpose of this paper is to interpret the two articles identified as most important to the group topic.
COURSE OUTCOMES
This assignment enables the student to meet the following course outcomes:
CO 2: Apply research principles to the interpretation of the content of published research studies. (POs #4 and #8)
CO 4: Evaluate published nursing research for credibility and clinical significance related to evidence- based practice. (POs #4 and #8)

TOTAL POINTS POSSIBLE
150 POINTS
REQUIREMENTS
The paper will include the following.
1. Clinical question
a. Description of problem
b. Significance of problem
c. Purpose of paper
2. Description of findings
a. Summarize basics in the Matrix Table as found in Assignment Documents in e-College.
b. Describe
i. Concepts
ii. Methods used
iii. Participants
iv. Instruments including reliability and validity
v. Answer to “Purpose” question
vi. Identify next step for group
3. Conclusion of paper
4. Format
a. Correct grammar and spelling
b. Use of headings for each section
c. Use of APA format (sixth edition)
d. Page length: three pages
PREPARING THE PAPER
1. Please make sure you do not duplicate articles within your group.
2. Paper should include a title page and a reference page.

DIRECTIONS AND ASSIGNMENT CRITERIA
Assignment Criteria Points % Description
Problem 20
13%
1. Problem is described: What is the focus of your group’s work?
2. Significance of the problem is described: 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. Purpose of your paper: What will your paper do or describe? “The
purpose of this paper is to . . .”

**Please note that although most of these questions are the same as you addressed in paper 1, the purpose of this paper is different. You can use your work from paper 1 for items 1 and 2 above, including any suggestions for improvement provided as feedback. Item 3 above should be specific to this paper.
Description of
Findings: Summary
20

13% Summarize the basics of each article in a matrix table that appears in the appendix.

Description of
Findings: Description 60 41% Describe in the body of the paper the following.
• What concepts have been studied?
• What methods have been used?
• Who are the participants or members of the samples?
• What instruments have been used? Did the authors describe the reliability and validity?
• How do you answer your original “purpose of this paper” question? Do the findings of the articles provide evidence for your answers? If so, how? If not, what is still needed to be able to answer your question?
• What is needed for the next step? Identify two questions that can help guide the group’s work.
Description of
Findings: Conclusion 20 13% Conclusion: Review major findings in your paper in a summary paragraph.

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