Research Summary Table
Guidelines with Scoring Rubric
The purpose of this assignment is for the student to learn to assimilate, analyze, critique, and summarize original research articles. In other words, select a report of a single, original study.
Through this assignment, the student will demonstrate the ability to:
(CO 2) Formulate and analyze nursing/clinical problems related to nursing and other disciplines. (PO 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
(CO 3) Synthesize for dissemination the research findings from nursing and related disciplines. (PO 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11)
Due Date: Sunday 11:59 p.m. MT at the end of Week 3
Total Points Possible: 165 Points
Through this assignment, the student will
1. Conduct a systematic search of relevant databases to find research-based evidence related to a nursing problem (CO 2);
2. Construct a summary table of four peer-reviewed quantitative single original studies, indicating the purpose, sample, design/level of evidence, findings, and limitations of each (CO 3), within table bullet points are required to present the information; and
3. Summarize the findings of the four studies as a whole using the usual text format (not a table) (CO 3).
Preparing the Table
Conduct a PICO(T) search on the nursing problem related to your practice setting. Select the four most recent peer-reviewed studies that describe original research in a single study (do not select a meta-analysis, systematic review of research, or integrative literature review). Refer to the Types of Articles Found in the Nursing and Healthcare document in the Course Resource section to make sure that you are using the correct document.
Construct a table summarizing the four most credible and recent studies, using the Research Summary template on the next page (also found in Course Resource Section). Analyze each article and provide the following information in brief format: purpose of the study; type of sample and number of participants; design of the study, along with the level of evidence; findings of the study; and limitations of the study. The use of bullets to present the information in the table (rather than cutting and pasting information from the reference) is required. Cutting and pasting information from the article may result in an evaluated TurnItIn score.
Preparing the Summary
Briefly (4-6 pages; not including cover page and reference page(s)) summarize the results of the four studies as a whole. Follow this outline:
I. In a short paragraph, restate your research question and describe your search strategy. (10 points)
II. Analysis of the designs used in the studies presented in your research summary table. (10 points)
III. Where do these studies fall on the Levels of Evidence table? What is the significance of this information? (10 points)
IV. Based on these studies, what are the findings? What is the answer to the research question? How well do the studies answer or fail to answer the question? Provide rationale to support your answer. (10 points)
V. How was each sample selected and how many participants in the studies? Is this number adequate? Why or why not? (10 points)
VI. Overall, what are the limitations of the study, and how can these limitations be overcome in subsequent studies? (10 points)
VII. Based on these findings, is the evidence that you found on your topic strong enough to suggest a change in practice or an idea for practice? Why or why not? Please provide a rationale for your answer. (10 points)
Provide your references, formatted in APA style, after the summary. Include the doi number for each article. Submit a permalink of each article you have chosen for this assignment (directions on how to obtain a permalink are located in the Course Resource section).
Instructions for setting up your paper in APA 6th edition format.
Look at the example document for this assignment. Start your paper as you would for any scholarly assignment and use of APA 6th edition format is required. Copy and paste the table into your APA paper. This should allow your paper to remain in a vertical format. The vertical (i.e. portrait format) is required. Your paper should be ONE document.
Research Summary Table