Explain how the research question was framed e.g. PICO, FINER etc. It will take the form of an 8000-word extended review of the literature relating to the students chosen topic.

The development of nursing research in recent decades.

Indicative Content:

The development of nursing research in recent decades.
What is an extended literature review? Development and presentation of the literature review.
Evidence based practice and clinical effectiveness/evaluation of sources of nursing knowledge.
Rationale for critique of the literature.
Advanced literature searching skills/data collection. Inclusion/exclusion criteria.
Examination of research designs: if it
Quantitative designs: positivist/scientific. RCTs, surveys.
or Qualitative designs: ethnography, phenomenology, grounded theory, , case studies.- Issues of rigour, trustworthiness, bias and generalisability.
Concepts of hierarchy of evidence, best available evidence and the underpinning philosophies of research.
Issues of sampling: probability and non-probability techniques.
Ethical principles and their effects on the research process.
Analysis and presentation of data. Levels of measurement, descriptive and inferential statistics.
Analysis of data; qualitative methods, content analysis and computer packages.
Methods of data collection: measurements, questionnaires, interviews, observation and use of written data
Outline why the research focus has been chosen
Explain the so what” of the topic: how will this impact on the nursing knowledge base
Explain how the research question was framed e.g. PICO, FINER etc.
It will take the form of an 8000-word extended review of the literature relating to the students chosen topic.

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