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Introduction: Research the importance of the topic and write an introduction that includes these main points.

  • Obtain relevant background information from a credible source other than the article
  • Explain why the topic is important for researchers to explore

Synopsis:  Write a study synopsis that includes these main points.

  • what known and not known about the topic and what gap in knowledge this study intends to fill
  • research design and setting
  • sample
    • sampling method
    • number of subjects
    • inclusion/exclusion criteria
    • attrition, loss to follow up, or response rate (if any)
    • important characteristics of the sample
  • how the study was conducted
    • explain how the data was collected
    • include measurement instruments and what they measured
    • how the intervention was carried out

Appraisal: Appraise the article in narrative format by answering the following questions.

  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the sampling method, as applied to this study?  Give a rationale for your claims.
    • Be sure to consider the inclusion/exclusion criteria, if any, and extraneous variables that the criteria control for.
  • Were the measurement instruments reliable and valid? Why or why not?
  • Was the intervention performed consistently? Why or why not?
  • Were the conclusions of the study supported by the results?  Why or why not?
    • Consider study limitations when analyzing conclusions with respect to results.
    • Include key statistical results and p-values as part of your rationale.

Conclusion: Write a conclusion that gives your analysis of the nursing implications based on the findings of the study.

  • DO NOT just use implications to nursing from the article; provide your own analysis.
  • Take clinical significance and risk vs. benefits into account.

Your paper must be in proper APA format, including a title page and reference page.

Submit your article in pdf format and paper in Word format with the following filenames.

  • Lastname article
  • Lastname paper