The paper will include the following sections:
a. Clinical Question.
Describe the problem. What is the focus of your groups work? AHRQs Healthcare-Associated Infection Program: Reducing CAUTIs in Hospitals.
Explain the significance of the problem in terms of patient outcomes. 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.
PICOT question in support of the group topic. The PICO(T) format is a way to develop a clinical question that lends itself to searching for evidence. PICO(T) is an initialism for:
P = population of interest;
I = intervention of interest;
C = comparison of interest;
O = outcome of interest; and
T = time.
State the purpose of your paper. What will your paper do or describe? This is similar to a problem statement. The purpose of this paper is to . . .
b. Levels of Evidence
Identify the type of question being asked (therapy, prognosis, meaning, etc.).
What is the best type of evidence to answer that question (e.g., RCT, cohort study, qualitative study, etc.)?
c. Search Strategy
List search terms and results.
Databases used. Link your search with the PICOT question described above.
Refinement decisions. As you did your search, what decisions did you make in refinement to get your required articles down to a reasonable number for review? Were any limits used? If so, what?
Identification of two (2) most relevant articles (primary sources published within the last 5 years).
d. Format
Correct grammar and spelling.
Include a title page.
Use of headings for each section.
Clinical Question, Levels of Evidence, Search Strategy, and Conclusion
Adheres to current APA formatting and guidelines.
3 pages in length, excluding title and reference pages.