Assignment guidelines – Introduction to Evidence based practice
A 3,000-word written assignment
“How can acute pain be effectively managed for adult medical patients in hospital”
Conduct a literature search using the skills developed during the module on the topic provided. Explain and reflect on the literature searching process and include a table of the search terms used (see appendix below). Choose 5 articles from your final search results and describe them, comment on why you chose them, their findings and their relevance to your nursing practice.
Introduction (approx. 300 words)
Introduce the assignment and clearly outline what you aim to do. Tell the reader what will be included in the assignment and in what order.
Introduce, define and discuss the importance of evidence based practice in relation to your field of nursing including the use and definition of evidence based practice
Search (approx. 800 words)
Introduce your search terms. Outline how you performed your literature search i.e what databases you used, inclusion and exclusion criteria, any other filters used and provide rationale for these decisions with references.
Outline how you identified your key articles. Include enough detail so that your search could be conducted by the person reading it. Include a copy of your search in the appendices
Discussion (approx. 1000 words)
Give an overview of the 5 key articles in detail, using the following questions;
1. What was the study about?
2. How was it conducted?
3. What were the findings?
In point 2 remember to use research terminology e.g. quantitative, qualitative and provide definitions to explain these terms.
Conclusion (approx. 300 words)
This should summarise how you conducted the literature search and the results that you found as well as the key points from your articles.
Revisit the original research question to ensure this has been answered.
Implications for practice (approx. 300 words)
Outline the implications for your practice as a nurse. What has the evidence added to your knowledge base? What further information would you like to know? How does the process of searching for the evidence inform your practice? Were there gaps in the evidence?
References (word count not included)
Reference the assignment throughout using the-Harvard system, and include a reference list.
Appendices (word count not included)
Add this table, label it and refer to it in the text
Date Searched Search Strategy Used
(Keywords, phrases, subject terms) Limits/filters
(Date range, language) No. of Results
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