Evidenced based assignment

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For this assignment each student will identify two sources of evidence that could be used to help answer the PICOT question. The sources should be in the form of single, primary quantitative,  or qualitative research studies, systematic reviews (meta-analyses or meta-syntheses are acceptable), or clinical practice guidelines. The evidence should not be a clinical (quality performance article) or opinion article, or a literature integrative review. Though some authors identify literature reviews as systematic reviews, the work does not represent the criteria required for a systematic review. For this assignment, only true systematic reviews can be used.

The sources of the evidence need to be a peer-reviewed journal or a database such as the Cochrane Library and be current within the last five years. Requirements for assignment:
1. State the PICOT question, having incorporated instructor feedback. So….this will be a revised PICOT question if appropriate.
2. Identify three sources of evidence from within the last 5 years from FAU Library databases.
3. Submit the three sources of evidence in the form of a PDF file when the assignment is submitted (multiple attachments can be uploaded with the assignment in Canvas). Check to assure that the file can be opened prior to submitting.
4. Create an evidence table for the sources of evidence (no more than 2 pages – one row/article). A template will be provided.

The assignment needs to include a title page and an APA current edition formatted reference list.

Table 1. Evaluation Table



Author (Year)

Conceptual Framework



Major Variables & Definitions


Data Analysis



(must include strengths/limitations of study and level of evidence)

Notes. For abbreviations used in the table

Melnyk, B. & Fineout-Overholt, E. (2015). Evidence-based practice in nursing & healthcare: A guide to best practice (3rd ed.). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. ISBN 9781451190946

Note: See p. 552 in Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt for specific guidance for content of the table. See p. 11 the Level of Evidence 1-7 and Use the USPSTF grading system, p. 552

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