Ritical Research Appraisal: LITERATURE SEARCH End of life care in the Community

Critical Research Appraisal: Assessment 1: Literature search template



This assessment asks you to conduct a literature search, using two different databases.
Section 1: Topic/ problem (Approx. 80 words)

Identify your chosen topic/problem and provide a brief referenced rationale for its choice, discussing why it is important to your professional practice and what benefit finding related literature may provide.


Section 2: Search Strategy (Approx. 480 words in total)
Use the PICO criteria to show how you refined your area of interest to formulate your final search question. You should identify both your final search question as well as the key words to be used in the search.


Section 2 conta¦a¦Search 1: + Search 2

You should now have enough information to carry out your literature search using two different databases (Google is not a database and should not be used). There
are two sections on the template to complete a one for each search. For each search begin by reminding the reader of your key words formulated in the previous section. Then identify the database to be searched and give a referenced rationale for your choice. For each database search you need to discuss: how you changed keywords to refine the search to include articles specific to your topic or to exclude articles not relevant; show other strategies utilised to refine search to increase relevance/reduce to a reasonable number of articles; you should discuss your reasons for refining searches and excluding articles; throughout the process detail the number of a?hitsa (articles retrieved) from both searches. Ensure you search for primary research articles only, not literature reviews. Your discussions should be supported by references to the research literature
Section 3: Evaluation of the evidence base (Approx. 160 words)

You should now move on to the evaluation section of the template and discuss the evidence base found in both searches. Do not reference or discuss the content of the individual articles found in the search but focus on whether there a large or small number of research articles relevant to your topic/problem. Was there an equal number of quantitative /qualitative/mixed methods/ approaches used? Discuss why you think the particular methods found may have been used. Compare the results from the two databases, providing possible reasons for the differences or similarities. Use references to support your discussions.


Section 4: Evidence and recommendations (Approx. 160 words)
In the final section of the template you should discuss whether the research you have found is effective and sufficient to support best practice. Could you change your practice on the basis of this evidence? Is there a need for further research on this topic/problem? Discuss and provide reasons with supporting references. If relevant, also provide recommendations for what further research should be carried out


Referencing Requirements:
British Medical Journal
Nursing Times
Nursing Standard
British Journal of Nursing
Journal of community Nursing
British Journal of community nursing
Royal collage of nurses research society
Scottish intercollegiate guidelines network (sign)