Evaluating Research

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In this Performance Task Assessment, you will locate different sources of evidence based on your PICO question and appraise each one. You will also evaluate your PICO question based on the research and decide if modifications need to be made.
Submission Length: 2 appraisal worksheets and a 3- to 5-page paper
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During this performance task, you will use the PICO question that you drafted in EP4002 to evaluate published research related to the topic.
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All submissions must follow the conventions of scholarly writing. Properly formatted APA citations and references must be provided where appropriate. Submissions that do not meet these expectations will be returned without scoring.
Your response to this performance task should reflect the criteria provided in the rubric and adhere to the required length. This assessment requires submission of three (3) files, an approved research evaluation paper (3-5 pages) and two completed resource appraisal worksheets. Save your files as follows:
Save the research evaluation paper as EP4003_res_ firstinitial_lastname (for example, EP4003_res_J_Smith).
Save the complete resource appraisal worksheets as EP4003_App1_firstinitial_lastname and EP4003_App2_firstinitial_lastname (for example, EP4003_App1_J_Smith).
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Evaluating Research
In this assessment, you will summarize and appraise research related to the PICO question that you wrote in EP4002. You may choose any combination of qualitative, quantitative, systematic review, and/or practice guideline resources for a total of two different resources. Collect what you believe to be the most relevant resources by using an effective combination of search terms, search parameters, and a systematic search process. In order to demonstrate competence, you must collect evidence from reputable sources, including health science databases, databases maintained by nonprofit international organizations for health practitioners, and databases supported by professional specialty organizations in the health field. Refer to the resources in Module 1, Learning Activity 1, “Searching for Evidence” for ways to assess databases, information about conducting effective searches, and names of some of the databases that are relevant to evidence-based nursing practice.
After you have selected the two resources related to your PICO question, complete the performance task assessment using the following prompts:
Resource Appraisal: Complete the corresponding appraisal worksheet for each of the resources selected. This will guide you to not only find credible and reliable resources, but also synthesize the information. Note: That there are different appraisal worksheets for the different types of articles, so be sure that you choose the worksheet that corresponds to the resource you select.
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Part 1 (3-4 pages)
Write a summary of each article or resource and describe how each one relates to your PICO question.
Identify the level of evidence in each article and describe the relative strengths and applicability of the study to your PICO question by using the AACCN hierarchy of evidence.
Synthesize the evidence from both articles into a statement that supports your PICO question.
Describe any additional evidence that you think will be necessary to support your PICO question.
Finally, describe any gaps in the literature related to the PICO question.
Part 2 (1 page)
Based on the literature search, appraisals, and synthesis, defend either by keeping your PICO question the same or making changes. If you will make changes to the PICO question, provide the new version