NHS8060 Scholarly Methods in Nursing and Health Sciences Tasks

NHS8060 Scholarly Methods in Nursing and Health Sciences

Unit 1 Discussion

Linking a Research Question to a Research Framework

For this discussion, consider how other doctoral-level learners applied a framework to their study.

Begin by selecting, downloading, and reading one of the following dissertations or capstone publications, all found in the Studies for this unit:

Garcia’s 2016 capstone project, “Effectiveness of the Development and Implementation of a Nurse-Led Diabetic Foot Screening Clinic.”

Custer’s 2012 dissertation, “Developing a Model of Client Satisfaction With a Rehabilitation Continuum of Care.”

Roy’s 2014 capstone project, “COPD Dyspnea Palliation Project: Dyspnea Palliation in End-Stage COPD Patients.”

After you have read the selected capstone project or dissertation, complete the following for your initial post:

Cite and briefly summarize the dissertation or project capstone you selected.

Describe the primary research question or problem of the dissertation or capstone you selected.

Describe the framework(s) (provide details about each concept and/or theory and/or model utilized).

Explain how and why the author/researcher linked the research question or problem to the framework.

Include at least one APA-formatted citation (in-text, as well as the full reference). The citation may be from course textbooks, assigned readings, or an outside source.

 

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Unit 2 Discussion

Qualitative Research Approaches

After completing the unit readings, perform additional research to find one scholarly qualitative research article. Select from the following research approaches: case study research, narrative research, Delphi Technique, or action research. Read about that particular approach from the discussion readings linked in the Studies for this unit.

In your initial post:

Cite and briefly summarize the article you found.

Describe the research method you found and how this method is used in your field.

Discuss why you believe the author chose the particular research method.

Describe the advantages and weaknesses associated with this approach.

Include at least one APA-formatted citation (in-text, as well as the full reference). The citation may be from course textbooks, assigned readings, or an outside source.

Response Guidelines

In each response, ask questions or provide feedback on the learner’s post. What more would you like to know that was not included in the post? Refer to the Faculty Expectations Message for discussion response guidelines.

If your response offers an alternative viewpoint or refers to the ideas or work of others, your post must be supported by citing an outside source, using APA formatting.

 

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Unit 3 Discussion

Recruiting and Sampling

Choose from one of the following scenarios that describe a health care or public health issue or problem:

Scenario A

The rise in obesity among low-income Latino preschoolers is a public health concern. The childcare environment is considered an influential arena in the early development of lifestyle habits that can potentially lead to childhood obesity. There is a need to explore the role and potential corrective influence of family childcare providers.

Scenario B

Weight loss is a much desired goal, even in non-morbid patients with Type 2 Diabetes; however, non-morbid patients frequently encounter great difficulty in meeting the therapeutic weight loss goal set by their physicians. Bariatric surgery appears to be a viable alternative to medication for these patients. Before going to the expense of conducting a randomized clinical trial, it is important to investigate the opinion and preferences of non-morbid Type 2 Diabetes patients regarding the value of, and concerns about, bariatric surgery.

Scenario C

The management of diabetes is a central focus in some Native American tribal regions of the U.S. Continuous quality improvement is an important aspect of improving service delivery rates and clinical outcome measures. Because one of the well-recognized factors involved in a well-designed health care delivery system is the sense of ownership (over the diabetes management process), it is important to explore how this sense is understood and expressed in this population.

In your initial post to this discussion, identify the scenario you have chosen and use the reading and resource material from this unit to address the following:

Describe the approach you would take for recruiting and sampling patients for this study.

Describe which technique you would use to collect data (such as focus group, interview, et cetera), and explain why you selected it.

Describe the issues of credibility and trustworthiness you should consider for your particular scenario, and describe how you might resolve potential problems.

Note:

In the e-book, Nursing and Healthcare Research at a Glance, there is information about conducting research with special groups (children, young people, adults, elderly, disabled, and vulnerable) on pages 130–158.

Umaña-Taylor and Bámaca’s 2004 article, “Conducting Focus Groups With Latino Populations: Lessons From the Field,” from Family Relations, volume 53, issue 3, pages 261–272, provides insights into conducting cross-cultural focus groups.

In your initial post, include at least one APA-formatted citation (in-text, as well as full reference). The citation should be from materials you have read during this unit. It may be from course textbooks, assigned readings, or an outside source.

 

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Unit 4 Discussion

Research Questions, Frameworks, and Models

Find one scholarly, quantitative research article in an area of your interest that fulfills the following criteria. The article must contain:

A conceptual or theoretical framework or model.

One of the quantitative methods covered in the unit readings, media, or research.

One of the research designs covered in the unit readings, media, or research.

In your initial post, address the following. Consider all the readings, resources, and media from this unit as you formulate your post:

Describe the study’s research question or problem.

Describe (briefly) the conceptual or theoretical framework or model used in the study.

Describe the quantitative method and study design used. What strengths and weaknesses are associated with this method?

In your initial post, include at least one APA-formatted citation (in-text, as well as a full reference). The citation should be from materials you have read during this unit. It may be from course textbooks, assigned readings, or an outside source.

 

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Unit 5 Discussion

Recruitment and Sampling

Scenarios

Choose from one of the following scenarios

Scenario A

Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome affects the quality of life of many individuals. The use of CPAP therapy is considered a best-practice therapeutic approach in treating this condition, but it has potential adverse effects. It is not clear what effect the therapy itself has on cardiac function and the quality of life of ethnic groups at higher risk for heart disease. You need to perform an inexpensive and relatively quick study about this issue in a South Asian immigrant community in your state.

Scenario B

Rheumatoid arthritis is a painful condition that commonly creates a chronic financial burden on minority populations. Evidence-based research suggests that yoga exercise is associated with a reduction in pain, more energy, and improved sleep. It is important to study the effects of yoga on inflammatory biomarkers, pain, and well-being in this target population.

Scenario C

Seattle protocols (a series of evidence-based psycho-social interventions that incorporate exercise training) have been shown to reduce disability associated with Alzheimer’s disease and depression in dementia patients. A local nursing home would like to explore the effects of this protocol on fitness, mood, and cognitive function in its elderly population.

Instructions

In your initial post, address the following. Consider the readings and resource material from this unit as you formulate your post:

Identify and describe a sampling approach and recruiting strategy for obtaining a representative sample of the population described in the research scenario you selected.

Describe the pros and cons associated with your strategy.

Do additional research to find a scholarly article where such a sampling approach and recruitment approach have been used, under similar research circumstances. Cite and briefly summarize the article.

In your initial post, include at least one APA-formatted citation (in-text, as well as a full reference). The citation should be from materials you have read during this unit. It may be from course textbooks, assigned readings, or an outside source.

 

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Unit 6 Discussion

Study Variables

Select one of the dissertation or capstone papers indicated for this discussion in the Studies for this unit.

In your initial post, address the following. Use the readings and media for this unit as guidance as you formulate your post:

Cite and briefly summarize the dissertation or capstone report you selected.

Make a list of the variables used in the study you selected, identifying to which variable category (such as demographic, descriptive, independent, or dependent) each belongs.

Identify which study variables, if any, are associated with the study’s conceptual or theoretical framework.

Identify and describe the linking of the conceptual definitions to the operational definitions and to the variables.

In your initial post, include at least one APA-formatted citation (in-text, as well as full reference). The citation should be from materials you have read during this unit. It may be from course textbooks, assigned readings, or an outside source.

 

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Unit 7 Discussion

Instruments’ Validity and Reliability

Select and read one of the dissertations or project reports from the Studies for this unit. Use the readings and media in this unit as guidance for finding additional information about the specific instrument(s) used in the dissertation you selected.

For your initial post:

Cite and briefly summarize the dissertation or project report you selected.

Describe the instrument(s) you found in the dissertation or project you selected. Include information about how the instrument’s measurements are reported.

Provide information about the instrument’s validity and reliability (hint: search the Capella library databases linked in the Studies for this unit).

Provide an additional, recent, peer-reviewed article (within the last 5 years) that used the specific instrument(s) you found in the dissertation.

In your initial post, include at least one APA-formatted citation (in-text, as well as a full reference). The citation should be from materials you have read during this unit. It may be from course textbooks, assigned readings, or an outside source.

 

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Unit 8 Discussion

Appraising Methodological Quality

Review the unit readings. Do additional research to find one scholarly qualitative research article on one of the following research approaches: case study research, narrative research, Delphi technique, or action research.

For your initial post, use the readings as a guide to:

Cite and briefly summarize the article you selected.

Describe the qualitative research design used by the author(s) of the article.

Assess the methodological quality of the article you found, using Table 1 of the Ryan, Coughlan, and Cronin article, “Step-by-Step Guide to Critiquing Research. Part 2: Qualitative Research,” as an assessment checklist.

In your initial post, include at least one APA-formatted citation (in-text, as well as a full reference). The citation should be from materials you have read during this unit. It may be from course textbooks, assigned readings, or an outside source.

 

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Unit 9 Discussion

Assessing Quantitative Research Articles

Review the unit readings. Do additional research to find one scholarly quantitative research article. Select only from the following research approaches: quasi-experimental research (pre/post-test design), evidence-based practice research, quality improvement, or practice improvement research.

For your initial post, use the readings from this unit as a guide and:

Cite the quantitative research article you selected and provide a brief summary of the article.

Using Table 1 of the Coughlan, Cronin, and Ryan article, “Step-by-Step Guide to Critiquing Research. Part 1 – Quantitative Research,” as an assessment checklist, provide answers to the salient questions suggested.

Describe what instrument, if any, was used in the study to measure the primary outcome objective. Assess the validity and reliability of this instrument and cite other research used to justify its usage.

In your initial post, include at least one APA-formatted citation (in-text, as well as a full reference). The citation should be from materials you have read during this unit. It may be from course textbooks, assigned readings, or an outside source.

 

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Unit 10 Discussion

Reflection

For your initial post, write a short reflection regarding your journey through this course. Include the following components:

Reflect on any assumptions and prejudices you had as you entered the course.

Discuss the challenges you encountered throughout the course.

Reflect on what particular aspects of the course you believe will be the most useful to your practice.

In your initial post, include at least one APA-formatted citation (in-text, as well as a full reference). The citation should be from materials you have read during this unit. It may be from course textbooks, assigned readings, or an outside source.

 

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Unit 3 Assignment

Identifying a Problem or Issue and an Intervention

For this assignment, identify a health care or public health problem, issue, or gap in practice and propose an intervention that may improve or solve this problem. The problem, issue, or gap in practice could be derived from your own experience or not. The intervention you choose must take into consideration what is already considered best practice in your state or nationally, knowledge gained through experience and other experts, and local patient or organization preferences.

You will address this problem, issue, or gap in all the assignments in this course, so take a look at those assignments now. Make sure the problem and intervention you select in this assignment will also work for the other assignments.

Submit a 3–4 page paper, using APA format, in which you:

Identify a health care or public health problem or issue (organizational process or clinical practice) that needs to be improved.

Describe why this problem or issue is of significant concern to certain stakeholders, patients, or community members.

Describe your evidence-based practice or quality improvement (EBP/QI) intervention.

Briefly describe your ideal inter-professional team for this EBP/QI project and why this team would be best suited to address this issue.

Using the Researching Theory in the Capella Library library guide from the Studies in this unit and/or literature search engines, identify and describe a single theory that can provide some big-picture insight into predicting or rationally explaining why a relationship might exist between your improvement intervention approach and the issue itself. Justify your selection of this theory by finding and describing similar studies where this theory has been used.

Design a diagram or concept map (along with an explanatory two-paragraph narrative) that visually represents how you expect the big-picture theoretical concept(s) will relate to key parts of your study.

 

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Unit 5 Assignment

Selecting a Method

For this assignment, continue to develop the evidence-based practice or quality improvement (EBP/QI) project you created for the Unit 3 assignment. Using the readings and resources from this and previous weeks as guidance, identify and justify the kind of information (qualitative, quantitative, or mixed) that you believe would be most appropriate for determining the effectiveness of your proposed intervention.

Submit a 2–3 page paper, using APA format, in which you:

Select a research method for your project. Justify your choice by comparing and contrasting the weaknesses and strengths of competing methods.

Find and describe two or more similar studies where this method has been used.

 

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Unit 7 Assignment

Selecting Instruments

For this assignment, continue to develop the EBP/QI project you worked on in the previous two assignments. Using the readings and resources from this and previous weeks, and the Capella library’s instrument and measurement databases (linked in the Resources), identify two instruments that would be the most appropriate for determining the effectiveness of your intervention. One of the instruments may be related to a biometric property.

Submit a 2–3 page paper, using APA format, in which you:

Identify two instruments appropriate for determining the effectiveness of your intervention.

Briefly describe the nature of each instrument (including the inventor, the creator, and the company), the construct it measures, what units or scales are used, and how validity and reliability were determined.

Describe how other studies with similar research objectives have used the same or similar instruments.

Using the readings and media resources as guidance, describe how the data from these instruments will be collected and safeguarded.

 

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Unit 9 Assignment

Critical Analysis

For this assignment, support the topic you chose for the previous assignments by selecting articles that could be used as part of a literature review for this topic. Both qualitative and quantitative methodologies should be represented.

Submit a 5–7 page paper, using APA format, in which you:

Select and identify three peer-reviewed articles and provide the persistent link for each article.

Based on the resources and readings from this course (and/or optional readings of your choice), assess the methodological quality of each article.Provide a justification for the use of each article in your study, based on your study’s theory, methodological approach, and/or instrumentation.