- Select one of the following disorders as your topic: dementia, delirium, or depression.
- Review the guidelines in the “Literature Review Matrix” document in this week’s Learning Resources.
- Think about a research question around your issue as indicated in Part I: PICO Analysis of Research Topic.
- Consider the resources you will use, search terms and criteria, and Boolean search strings as indicated in Part II: Search Strategy.
- Using the Walden Library and other appropriate databases, locate five articles related to your PICO question. At least one article must be a systematic review. All of the articles should be primary sources.
- Reflect on the five articles you selected as indicated in Part III: Analysis of Literature. Consider the conceptual framework/theory, main finding, research method, strengths of study, weaknesses, and level of evidence for each article.
- Consider how to use the summaries in Part III to create an evidence table. Use this evidence table to determine appropriate treatment options for patients who present with the disorder you selected as your topic.
- Formulate a question around the disorder you selected as indicated in Part I: PICO Analysis of Research Topic.
- Identify the resources you will use, search terms and criteria, and Boolean search strings as indicated in Part II: Search Strategy.
- Summarize the five articles you selected as indicated in Part III: Analysis of Literature. Describe the conceptual framework/theory, main finding, research method, strengths of study, weaknesses, and level of evidence for each article.
- Create an evidence table based on the article summaries in Part III. Describe appropriate treatment options for patients based on this evidence table
Literature Review Matrix
Part I: PICO Analysis of Research Topic
P: Patient or Population
I: Anticipated Intervention
C: Comparison group or Current standard
O: Outcome desired
Source: Adapted from Elkins (2010)
Step 1: Frame your clinical question using the PICO method.
Part II: Search Strategy
Using the Walden Library and other appropriate databases, locate five scholarly articles that pertain to a practice issue of interest to you and that is appropriate for an evidence-based practice project.
Step 1: Identify the resources you will utilize, or utilized, to find articles that pertain to your topic.
|Electronic Databases||Research or Professional Organizations||Experts in the Field to Consult||Books, Encyclopedias, Handbooks|
Step 2: Identify search terms and criteria.
|Keywords and Phrases
||Major Authors||Inclusion Criteria||Exclusion Criteria|
Step 3: Identify Boolean search strings.
Part III: Analysis of Literature
Step 1: Summarize the five articles you select from your search efforts in the table below.
Summary Table of Analyzed Articles (you may determine your own headings)
|Citation||Conceptual Framework/ Theory||Main Finding||Research Method||Strengths of Study||Weaknesses||Level of Evidence|
Step 2: Briefly summarize the history and purpose of your research question.
Step 3: Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the existing literature.
Step 4: What gap exists in the current literature? Explain.
Elkins, M. Y. (2010). Using PICO and the brief report to answer clinical questions. Nursing, 40(4), 59–60. Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
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