This assignment will require you to take your PICOT question and 5 research articles, and place them in a table for analysis. You will critique each article and identify the most important parts of the research, analysis, and findings.
This will serve as the foundation for the work you will do in your Capstone course.
Identify your PICOT or research question of interest (done in week 1)
Gather 5 research articles on your topic that are current (within the last 5 years): be sure to save them and submit them along with the matrix; please make sure they are PDF documents. Do not use clinical guidelines or Cochran Reviews, abstracts, or poster presentations. You can search for research only by indicating “research” when you do an advanced search. If you can’t answer a lot of the questions, it is probably not a research article.
Review sample matrices and summaries
Use matrix table- one for each article and critique the parts of the article using the rubric
Identify where there are issues with the articles and what gaps were not addressed with the research; be prepared this may change the way you look at your topic or may result in a slightly different direction for your area of interest. This is ok- that is what you want to accomplish with this assignment. It will really assist you as you move forward with your project.
For this assignment you will turn in the matrix tables, summary, references and PDF copies of your 5 articles.
Level of evidence: the process used to evaluate the level of evidence of your articles- this is found on page 28 of your Polit and Beck book.
Instrument: What type of instrument or tool was used in the article? This could be a depression screening tool, Nurse satisfaction tool etc. Describe the instrument- how many questions, reliability- consistency with test-retest, Cronbach Alpha, inter-rater reliablity; validity with content validity, face validity