Searching and Critiquing the Evidence

Bring to mind the various practice problems you and your colleagues have been considering in this course. What insights might the literature provide with regard to these issues? How should you evaluate the research? And, why is it important to review and critique this information?

This Discussion addresses strategies for searching the literature in order to critique existing evidence. Please note that this Discussion is related to Application Assignment #4, which is assigned this week. You are strongly encouraged to read through that assignment now.

To prepare:

  • Review the Walden Library Webinars presented in the Learning Resources.
  • Recall the practice problem and theoretical framework you identified for the Week 5  Discussion (See attached file). Using the Walden Library and other professional databases, conduct a search and locate four (4) appropriate primary research articles one of which is a systematic review.
  • Review the articles and determine what level of evidence they represent. Using the critique strategies presented in the Learning Resources as a guide, consider how the articles you located either support or weaken the merit of your theoretical framework or the importance of your practice problem.

Post 550 words essay in APA format with 2 references from the list below, as well as the 4 references for the articles review that include the level one headings as numbered below:

post a cohesive response that addresses the following:

1)       How does the literature strengthen or weaken the merit of your selected theoretical framework and practice problem?

2)       What levels of evidence are most prevalent in these articles? (I, II, III, IV or V)

3)       Why do you think that level of evidence is most prevalent?

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