topic search strategy: patient and family engagement during a

 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) 

  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 . . .” 

 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, 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? 

• Identification of two (2) most relevant articles (primary sources published within the last 5 years). d. Format (30 points/18%)

 • Correct grammar and spelling.

 • Include a title page. 

• Use of headings for each section.

 ▪ Clinical Question, Levels of Evidence, Search Strategy, and Conclusion 

• Adheres to current APA formatting and guidelines.

• 3-4 pages in length, excluding title and reference pages. For writing assistance (APA, formatting, or grammar) visit the APA Citation and Writing page in the online library. Please note that your instructor may provide you with additional assessments in any form to determine that you fully  understand the concepts learned 

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