Evidence based practice

Guidelines for the Implementing Evidence Based Practice summative assignment
‘Summative Assessment: 3000 words (+/- 10%) assignment will be on a topic of the student’s own choice or from the list provided; identified from practice experience and of relevance to service users and their families’ care experiences’
The topic must be focus on improving patient safety and/ or patient experience.
Examine the evidence supporting a clinical topic (chosen from your clinical experience) and critically appraise the evidence to underpin the evidence based practice, including a discussion of factors that may inhibit the implementation of the evidence base.
The Introduction
Introduce the research question and highlight any lack of evidence in the literature

Research question
Rationale for asking this question-why are you asking this? Is there a lack of evidence in the existing literature?
Introduce how you formulated your question
You must use PICO/PEO to clearly define your question.
Aims and objectives of this review

You need to look at the evidence base for your chosen topic. This will require good literature searching skills and a clear account of the search strategy you used. 6-15 papers are recommended but there may be more or less depending on your question.
Describe search terms used
Inclusion/Exclusion criteria

Results of the search strategy
Describe your findings and use a table to depict results and place in appendices

Quality Appraisal
Use an appraisal tool to appraise the papers you have selected. Put this information in your appendices and refer to it.
Mention bias in terms of research methodology for the papers you have selected

Summary and synthesis of the papers
What are the main points of the literature in relation to your research question?
Are there any themes coming through? Is there a reliance on particular areas?

Issues of Implementation
For the last quarter of the assignment (roughly) you are encouraged to use a framework such as PARIHS to explore issues of implementation.

Complete the essay with a brief conclusion drawing together the key ideas that specifically answered your research question and finally the implication of your findings for practice.

Above all make sure you are being critical in a structured and logical way

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