The first step of the EBP process is to develop a question from the nursing practice problem of interest.
Select a practice problem of interest to use as the focus of your research. Pick something you are passionate
about and might use in your final Capstone project. So think ahead!
Start with the patient and identify the clinical problems or issues that arise from clinical care.
Following the PICOT format, write a PICOT statement in your selected practice problem area of interest, which
is applicable to your proposed capstone project. In the paper, you must include the actual complete statement
like the example I provided below. You can also include the breakdown of each letter and what you have
identified in your problem if you wish but I have to have the actual full statement for you to get full points.
P-Population (who are you going to focus on)
I-Intervention (what would you do to intervene on your problem you identified?)
C-Comparison (what would you use as a comparison to your intervention?)
O- Outcome (what would you expect the outcome to be?)
T- Time frame (how long would you take to see a change?)
PICOT STATEMENT EXAMPLE:
For the ventilated Intensive Care Patient (ICU), does the use of chlorhexidine based oral care as compared to
standard oral care measures decrease the risk of Ventilator Acquired Pneumonia (VAP) during their stay in the
Conduct a literature search to locate research articles focused on your selected practice problem of interest.
This literature search should include both quantitative and qualitative peer-reviewed research articles to
support your practice problem.Use the Literature Evaulation Table Template found in your Week 1 study
materials for this assignment!!!!
Select six peer-reviewed research articles which will be utilized through the next 5 weeks as reference sources.
Be sure that some of the articles use qualitative research and that some use quantitative research. Create a
reference list in which the six articles are listed. Beneath each reference include the article’s abstract. You may
copy and paste the abstract over since we are not going through TII. The completed assignment should have a
title page and a reference list with abstracts. Remember all papers that are not from a school generated
template have to have a title page!! I encourage you to use the Literature Evaluation Table to complete this
assignment that way you don’t miss any parts of the assignment. This is not a paper so I am not looking for
paragraphs explaining your topic, the PICOT and literature will do that for me.
Suggestions for locating qualitative and quantitative research articles from credible sources:
1. Use a library database such as CINAHL Complete for your search.
2. Using the advanced search page check the box beside “Research Article” in the “Limit Your Results”
3. When setting up the search you can type your topic in the top box, then add quantitative or qualitative as a
search term in one of the lower boxes. Research articles often are described as qualitative or quantitative.
To narrow/broaden your search, remove the words qualitative and quantitative and include words that narrow
or broaden your main topic. For example: Diabetes and pediatric and dialysis. To determine what research
design was used; review the abstract and the methods section of the article. The author will provide a
description of data collection using qualitative or quantitative methods.
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