Ognitive behavioural therapy for overweight and obesity

3rd Year Undergraduate BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies
Review of the literature
5000 words
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University Guidelines

The topic should be discussed in depth. A wide range of research literature should be utilised. There should be evidence of analysis of the research. Implications for future practice should be identified and discussed.

It is recommended that a framework is used to structure the review. For example Burns and Grove (1995) suggest that a comprehensive literature review should comprise of an introduction, the main body should include the relevant studies and supporting literature and a summary of knowledge.

In the introduction you should give some background information about the topic chosen for your review and how you perceive its relevance to your professional practice. Your rationale for choosing this topic should be included. It is helpful to identify the key questions you are asking of the literature. You then need to explain how you have structured the search and the parameters chosen for the search (for example time limits, databases used, and language limitations. Finally you will need to identify the aims and objectives of the review and how these have influenced the development of the chapters within the study.

It is usual to arrange the study in chapters that have a logical and coherent progression. Each chapter needs an introduction that highlights the key elements contained within it and how these are to be approached. It is often useful to further organise the chapter with subheadings to provide sign posts for the reader.

Within the chapters the literature should be critiqued. You will need to utilise skills of analysis and their application. This means being able to review how empirical studies have been structured and carried out and being able to consider the value of the research. For other types of literature it will mean being able to review the base on which assumptions are made and evaluate how the components parts of the argument are structured. This will allow you to develop an informed argument with regard to the current state of evidence knowledge relating to the material covered in this chapter. During this process it may be feasible to consider and discuss the implications of your findings to clinical practice. Alternatively discussion of this may be contained within a separate chapter.

Your conclusion will begin with an overall summary of the finding from your review. You will need to revisit your original aims and objectives and consider if you have been able to meet them. However the limitations of the review will need to be made as to whether there is sufficient evidence to support recommendations for changes in practice or not, to outline what further work needs to be undertaken.


The use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for overweight and obesity


Explore whether cognitive behavioural therapy is an effective way in the fight against overweight and obesity.


Examine critically how the government (UK) is looking at the overweight and obesity problem?

Explore Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as a method used for different treatments?

Critically evaluate the use of CBT on overweight and obesity?

These are some guidelines that my tutor suggested for the outline of the review& , I am happy to consider other suggestions.


Obesity as an issue
How UK is tackling the problem?
Targets (Government papers, policies, guidance& )
Is this problem getting solved?


CBT background
Does it work, is there enough evidence of its effectiveness?
What can be used for?


Is there evidence that CBT is effective on overweight and obesity?
Critically analyse the most important studies that offer evidence on this matter.
Give a good account of the literature that supports this, research studies, expert opinion&