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Appraising the Evidence Guidelines

Apply research principles to the interpretation of the content of published research studies.  Evaluate published nursing research for credibility and clinical significance related to evidence- based practice.

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The paper will include the following.

  1. Clinical question
    1. Description of problem
    2. Significance of problem
    3. Purpose of paper
  2. Description of findings
    1. Summarize basics in the  Matrix Table as found in Assignment Documents in e-College.
    2. Describe
      1.                                                      i.     Concepts
      2.                                                    ii.     Methods used
      3.                                                   iii.     Participants
      4.                                                   iv.     Instruments including reliability and validity
      5.                                                     v.     Answer to “Purpose” question
      6.                                                   vi.     Identify next step for group
  3. Conclusion of paper
  4. Format
    1. Correct grammar and spelling
    2. Use of headings for each section
    3. Use of APA format (sixth edition)
    4. Page length: three pages
  5. Paper should include a title page and a reference page.

Directions and Assignment Criteria

Assignment Criteria Points % Description
Problem 20  



1. Problem is described: What is the focus of your group’s work?

2. Significance of the problem is described: What health outcomes result from your problem? Or what statistics document this is a problem? You may find support on websites for government or professional organizations.

3. Purpose of your paper: What will your paper do or describe? “The

purpose of this paper is to . . .”



**Please note that although most of these questions are the same as you addressed in paper 1, the purpose of this paper is different. You can use your work from paper 1 for items 1 and 2 above,  including any suggestions for improvement provided as feedback. Item 3 above should be specific to this paper.

D e scription of

Findings: Summary





     13%     Summarize the basics of each article in a matrix table that appears in the appendix.


D e scription of

Findings: Description

60 41%    Describe in the body of the paper the following.
  • What concepts have been studied?
  • What methods have been used?
  • Who are the participants or members of the samples?
  • What instruments have been used? Did the authors describe the reliability and validity?
  • How do you answer your original “purpose of this paper” question? Do the findings of the articles provide evidence for your answers? If so, how? If not, what is still needed to be able to answer your question?
  • What is needed for the next step? Identify two questions that can help guide the group’s work.
D e scription of

Findings: Conclusion

20 13%  Conclusion: Review major findings in your paper in a summary paragraph.







Evidence Matrix Table









Study Question




Study Design Sample

Size and Selection

Data Collection



Major Findings


(sample not a real article)

Smith, Lewis (2013),

What should I eat? A focus for those living with diabetes.  Journal of Nursing Education, 1 (4) 111-112.

How do educational support groups effect dietary modifications in patients with diabetes? D-Dietary modifications


Qualitative N- 18

Convenience sample-selected from local support group in Pittsburgh, PA

Focus Groups Support and education improved compliance with dietary modifications.

Evidence Matrix Table



  • appraising_the_evidence_guidelines.docx


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