– The development of nursing research in recent decades.
– What is an extended literature review? Development and presentation of the literature review.
– Evidence based practice and clinical effectiveness/evaluation of sources of nursing knowledge.
– Rationale for critique of the literature.
– Advanced literature searching skills/data collection. Inclusion/exclusion criteria.
– Examination of research designs: if it
– Quantitative designs: positivist/scientific. RCTs, surveys.
or – Qualitative designs: ethnography, phenomenology, grounded theory, , case studies.- Issues of rigour, trustworthiness, bias and generalisability.
– Concepts of hierarchy of evidence, best available evidence and the underpinning philosophies of research.
– Issues of sampling: probability and non-probability techniques.
– Ethical principles and their effects on the research process.
– Analysis and presentation of data. Levels of measurement, descriptive and inferential statistics.
– Analysis of data; qualitative methods, content analysis and computer packages.
– Methods of data collection: measurements, questionnaires, interviews, observation and use of written data
– Outline why the research focus has been chosen
– Explain the “so what” of the topic: how will this impact on the nursing knowledge base
– Explain how the research question was framed e.g. PICO, FINER etc.
It will take the form of an 8000-word extended review of the literature relating to the students chosen topic.