Assignment
Purpose
The purpose of this assignment is to develop a synthesis of evidence using five research articles to support an evidence-based intervention.
The development of the Johns Hopkins Individual Evidence Summary Tool builds a body of research evidence about a practice problem and evidence-based intervention for implementation in a practice change project. Continually adding research studies to the Johns Hopkins Individual Evidence Summary Tool builds the foundation for the synthesis of research for a practice change project.
As you incorporate published research study findings into your own writing, you create a synthesis of the research information. Before learning how to write a synthesis, it is important to define this term. At its most basic level, a synthesis involves combining two or more summaries. Synthesis writing is more difficult than it might first appear because this combining must be done in a meaningful way.
A synthesis requires critical reading and thinking to compare different material, highlighting similarities, differences, and connections. When a practice scholar synthesizes successfully, they present new ideas based on interpretations of published research evidence. Conceptually, it can be helpful to think about synthesis existing at both the local (or paragraph) level and the global (or paper) level. Synthesis is all about collecting information from different sources and merging the information together as one content.
Please note that this week 4 assignment is the is the first part of the Week 6 assignment. You will receive feedback from your course faculty on this assignment and will be required to use the feedback to revise this paper and add as a section of the Week 6 assignment.
Instructions
Follow these guidelines when completing each component of this assignment. Contact your course faculty if you have questions.
Download the following tools linked below (located in the Student Resource Center under Project & Practicum Resources).
Link (Word doc): Johns Hopkins Research Evidence Appraisal ToolLinks to an external site.
Link (Word doc): Johns Hopkins Individual Evidence Summary ToolLinks to an external site.
Use five (5) level I, II, or III peer-reviewed primary research studies and/or systematic reviews that focus on the evidence-based intervention for the selected practice problem. Four research articles that focus on the evidence-based intervention included in this synthesis may be from previous courses. One peer-reviewed research article that focuses on the evidence-based intervention must be new to this synthesis and not used in previous courses. All articles should be current, published within the past 5 years. Enter the articles for the synthesis into the Johns Hopkins Individual Evidence Summary Tool. For new articles for this synthesis, Highlight the author’s name in the Johns Hopkins individual Evidence Summary Table.
Use the most current version of Microsoft Word that is the format for all Chamberlain University College of Nursing found in student resources. The Document is labeled DNP and will end in “docx.”
All Chamberlain University policies to plagiarism must be observed.
Review the rubric for the grading criteria.
The assignment includes the following components:
Title Page
Title of the paper
Student name
Chamberlain University College of Nursing
Course number and course name
Session month and year
Introduction
Write a one-sentence purpose statement.
Introduce the practice problem. (Cited)
Introduce the evidence-based intervention using research study evidence. (Cited)
Describe the significance of the practice problem at the national level (1 paragraph).
Significance
Prevalence
Mortality
Economic ramifications of the practice problem. (Cited)
Evidence Synthesis: Using a minimum of five research articles (published within the past 5 years) to support the evidence-based intervention, write a synthesis of evidence to include the following:
Include a minimum of 5 research articles to support the evidence-based intervention with citations (4 articles can be from previous courses).
Identify and discuss the main themes and salient points that emerge from the sources. (Cited)
Contrast the main points from evidence sources. (Cited)
Present an objective overarching synthesis of research statement supporting the evidence-based intervention. (Cited)
Conclusion
Include a summary of practice problem.
Include a summary of the evidence synthesis which supports the evidence-based intervention (cite all sources).
Appendix: Johns Hopkins Individual Evidence Summary Table
Include the Johns Hopkins Individual Evidence Summary Tool as the Appendix (With only one appendix, there is no need to label this Appendix A).
Complete all sections of the Johns Hopkins Individual Evidence Summary Tool for each research study.
Identify the quality and the level of evidence for all research studies.
Enter the information for a minimum of 5 research articles level I, II, or III that focus on the evidence-based intervention and published within the last 5 years into the Johns Hopkins Individual Evidence Summary Table.
APA Standards and References
Use appropriate Level I headers.
Create the reference page.
Each reference has a matching citation and citations are in current APA style.
Writing Requirements (APA format)
Length: 3-4 pages (not including title page, reference page, and appendix)
1-inch margins
Double-spaced pages
12-point Times New Roman font or 11-point Arial
Headings & subheadings
In-text citations
Title page
References page
Appendix
Standard English usage and mechanics

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