M9 Critical Appraisal Study Paper
The purpose of this assignment is to present a complete critical appraisal of a new topic of your choice, relative to your discipline, expressed as a focused PICOT question, using the theory and processes that have been presented in this course.
A critical appraisal study typically includes 3-5 current (within the past 5 years) high-quality, peer-reviewed, research studies ***PLEASE USE 3****.
Remember we are looking for the best available evidence for inclusion, using accepted standards for evidence-based practice. This assignment should be completed as a paper. To enhance organization, ensure all headings (and subheadings, where applicable) are clearly specified and all components of the critical appraisal study are addressed.
The document should be 6-8 pages in length, not including the title page and references.
Your critical appraisal/review summary should include the following information and sections:
Abstract (structured): This should be a structured abstract for your review summary as a whole. The usual headings are Purpose, Methods, Results, and Conclusion. Follow current APA formatting rules and remember that abstracts should be concise. While the (structured) abstract appears first in the paper, this section is always written last.
Introduction (include the following):
Importance of the problem
Search strategy: Identify the databases you searched (e.g., PubMed, Ovid, CINAHL)
Inclusion and exclusion criteria used, relative to the search strategy (e.g., a certain date range; specific article types, such as systematic reviews and RCTs; specific topic areas)
Results of search: Indicate how many relevant research journal articles were located
Focused PICOT Question
****clinical scenario and PICOT question are located in the attached doc PLEASE READ and include in paper********************
For each article (note the articles you select should constitute your "best evidence"):
Follow the outline in Box 19.1 (Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt, 2015) for quantitative research studies. Note examples for a descriptive correlational study and an RCT are provided. Use the general guidelines, drawing on the examples, for research articles with other study designs, such as systematic reviews and cohort studies.
Should you elect to include (appropriately) qualitative research studies, also, follow the guidelines in Box 20.2.
Include the ranking for the level of evidence (e.g., 1a or 1b). Use the Oxford Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine definitions and levels
Provide a brief conclusion at the end of each article
Discussion/Clinical Bottom Line: This section should synthesize (via comparing and contrasting) the evidence from the research articles. A final "bottom line" recommendation should be put forth, based on the combined findings.
Do not exceed 8 pages, excluding the title and references pages.
Limit the peer-reviewed journal research articles to no fewer than 3, no more than 5.
Follow current APA formatting and scholarly writing guidelines.
Please include your research articles with your assignment submission.