This paper is on Questions That Guide Inquiry: Research vs. Practice Change Project. This week, you will discuss the differences between the questions that drive research and those that drive the search for evidence to support a QI project.
Questions That Guide Inquiry: Research vs. Practice Change Project
This week, you will discuss the differences between the questions that drive research and those that drive the search for evidence to support a QI project. In this assignment, you will identify the components of each type of question and also identify the differences between them.
Using the South University Online Library, the Internet, and your text readings, respond to the following question in a minimum of 300–500 words:
Firstly, how can you differentiate a research question from a question that will guide the literature search to look for evidence?
Secondly, consider the elements required for a quantitative research design consistent with the scientific method and those for a PICOT question that will guide the search for research studies to guide practice change.
Provide reasons and evidence in support of your responses.
Types of Clinical Question
Recognising your clinical question’s domain is an important part of the Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) process.
Establishing the question type allows you to:
- Identify the research methodology that provides the best evidence to answer the question. Note that the hierarchy of evidence (covered in 1.3 Hierarchy of Evidence) will also differ according to question type.
- Select the best EBP Tools to search for the evidence. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, for example, only addresses treatment and prevention questions. Other databases address questions of treatment and prevention, diagnosis, prognosis, etiology, quality improvement, and also health economics, among others.
- Select evidence filters in PubMed / CINAHL and other databases that will help narrow your search to papers using appropriate research methods.
Identifying your question type will also assist you in critically appraising the evidence based on the appropriateness. Lastly, rigor of the research methods described in a paper.