Nursing problem

Evidence Based Nursing Project

Fall 2018

Group members:

Be sure to list the names of those who participated in the project.


Knowledge Discovery

Do not add anything to this slide.


Nursing problem

Desired outcome


Background questions with answers

May need to put answers here


Background questions with answers (con’t)

May need to put answers here


PICOT question

P- Patients in the acute care setting

I- Hourly rounding

C- No hourly rounds

O- Preventing or decreasing falls

Keywords used for literature search

Databases used for literature search

Search strategy to find systematic reviews


Search strategy to find practice guidelines


Number and types of studies

This should be the number that you found that studied both the same intervention and outcome since these are the “keeper” studies. Note: this number may be more then you actually end up critiquing.


Level of evidence of studies found

See page 11 in the textbook


Evidence Summary

Give author (s) date of research article

Study design:

Sample size:

Sample characteristics:


Intervention studied:

Outcome studied:

Measurement of outcome:

Study findings:

Strength/quality of study:

Level of evidence:

Quantitative research individual study critical analysis

Name of group member who did critique: _________________________

Give the permalink for the article you are analyzing in space below:

Is there a comparison? (yes or no):

If there is a comparison what is it? (put N/A if there is no comparison)

If there is a comparison is it the same as you noted for the comparison above? (yes/no or N/A):

What is the study question(s) or hypotheses? (Use a direct quote. If neither of these are not stated put not stated)

Is the design appropriate for testing an intervention? (yes or no)

Is the setting similar to your setting/population of interest? (yes or no)

What was/were the sampling inclusion criteria?

What was/were the sampling exclusion criteria?


“Wre the subjects randomly assigned to the experimental and control groups?” (Melynk & Fineout-Overholt, 2015, p. 118)

(enter yes or no – note: if this is no then the study is not as strong and it is not a randomized controlled trial)

If the subjects were randomly assigned “was random assignment concealed from the individuals who were first enrolling subjects into the study?” (Melynk & Fineout-Overholt, 2015, p. 118)

(yes or no)

“Were the subjects and providers kept blind to study group?” (Melynk & Fineout-Overholt, 2015, p. 118)

yes or no – also note this is the blinding and an randomized controlled trial is strong but it is very strong if it is double blinded)


“Were reasons given to explain why subject did not complete the study?” (Melynk & Fineout-Overholt, 2015, p. 118)

(yes or no)

“Were the subjects analyzed in the group to which they were … assigned?” (Melynk & Fineout-Overholt, 2015, p. 118) pt yes or no

“Was the control group appropriate?” (Melynk & Fineout-Overholt, 2015, p. 118)

Put yes or no


“Were the subjects in each of the groups similar on demographic and baseline clinical variables?” (Melynk & Fineout-Overholt, 2015, p. 118)

Put yes or no

Did the researcher use power analysis to determine the appropriate sample size?

Put yes or no


Is the same size adequate?

Put yes, no, or unknown)

Are you convinced that everyone received the same intervention?

Yes or no – explain why or why not

“Were the follow-up assessments conducted long enough to fully study the effects of the intervention?” (Melynk & Fineout-Overholt, 2015, p. 118)

Yes or no – explain why or why no

After reading how the outcome was measured do you think this is the same as your O in your PICO question?

Yes or no and explain

What type of validity was used to make sure that the measurement tool really measured what it was intended to measure? (put an X next to all that apply below)


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