For this week, you will be completing a research appraisal about a women’s health topic in which you may be interested. The purpose is to complete only a synthesis of the topic. To start, only look at studies that are specific to your women’s health topic. Your appraisal will assist in finding the most current evidence. Remember, this is only for the purpose of synthesis. Simplicity is key to a successful evaluation. Below is a way to assist you in compiling your significant articles. Your table should only contain 5 articles. Finalize your findings in 1–2 pages and submit with your evaluation table.
In the headings for the columns, include the following:
Citation: Author, year, title (Less than 5 years)
Conceptual Framework: Theoretical basis for study
Design/Method: Indicate design and describe what was done in the study
Sample/setting: Number, characteristics, attrition rate, and why
Major variables studied and their definitions: Independent/dependent variable
Measurement: What scales were used to measure the outcome variables (e.g., name of scale, author, reliability info)
Data analysis: What stats were used to answer the clinical question
Findings: Statistical findings or qualitative findings (one for every statistical test mentioned in data anlysis)
Appraisal/Worth to Practice: Strengths and limitations of the study, risk or harm if study intervention or findings implemented, and feasibility
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