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The interpretation of research in health care is essential to decision making. By understanding research, health care providers can identify risk factors, trends, outcomes for treatment, health care costs and best practices. To be effective in evaluating and interpreting research, the reader must first understand how to interpret the findings. You will practice article analysis in Topics 2, 3, and 5.

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Search the GCU Library and find three different health care articles that use quantitative research. Do not use articles that appear in the Topic Materials or textbook. Complete an article analysis for each using the “Article Analysis 1” template.

Refer to the “Patient Preference and Satisfaction in Hospital-at-Home and Usual Hospital Care for COPD Exacerbations: Results of a Randomised Controlled Trial,” in conjunction with the “Article Analysis Example 1,” for an example of an article analysis.

While APA style is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and documentation of sources should be presented using APA formatting guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion. 

Rubic_Print_Format
Course Code Class Code Assignment Title Total Points
HLT-362V HLT-362V-O500 Article Analysis 1 120.0
Criteria Percentage 1: Unsatisfactory (0.00%) 2: Less Than Satisfactory (65.00%) 3: Satisfactory (75.00%) 4: Good (85.00%) 5: Excellent (100.00%) Comments Points Earned
Content 100.0%
Three Quantitative Articles 10.0% Fewer than three articles are presented. None of the articles presented use quantitative research. N/A Three articles are presented. Of the articles presented, only two articles are based on quantitative research. N/A Three articles are presented. All three articles are based on quantitative research.
Article Citation and Permalinka 2 10.0% Article citation and permalink are omitted. Article citation and permalink are presented. There are significant errors. Page numbers are not indicated to cite information, or the page numbers are incorrect. Article citation and permalink are presented. Article citation is presented in APA format, but there are errors. Page numbers to cite information are missing, or incorrect, in some areas. Article citation and permalink are presented. Article citation is presented in APA format. Page numbers are used to cite information. There are minor errors. Article citation and permalink are presented. Article citation is accurately presented in APA format. Page numbers are accurate and used in all areas when citing information.
Broad Topic Area/Title 10.0% Broad topic area and title are omitted. Broad topic area and title are referenced but are incomplete. Broad topic area and title are summarized. There are some minor inaccuracies. Broad topic area and title are presented. There are some minor errors, but the content overall is accurate. Broad topic area and title are fully presented and accurate.
Independent and Dependent Variables and Type of Data for Variables 10.0% Variable types and data for variables are omitted. Variable types and data for variables are presented. There are major inaccuracies or omissions. Variable types and data for variables are presented. There are inaccuracies. Variable types and data for variables are presented. Minor detail is needed for accuracy. Variable types and data for variables are presented and accurate.
Population of Interest for the Study 10.0% Population of interest for the study is omitted. Population of interest for the study is presented. There are major inaccuracies or omissions. Population of interest for the study is presented. There are inaccuracies. Population of interest for the study is presented. Minor detail is needed for accuracy. Population of interest for the study is presented and accurate.
Sample 10.0% Sample is omitted. Sample is presented. There are major inaccuracies or omissions. Sample is presented. There are inaccuracies. Sample is presented. Minor detail is needed for accuracy. Sample is presented and accurate.
Sampling Method 10.0% Sampling method is omitted. Sampling is presented. There are major inaccuracies or omissions. Sampling is presented. There are inaccuracies. Sampling is presented. Minor detail is needed for accuracy. Sampling method is presented and accurate.
Descriptive Statistics (mean, median, mode; standard deviation) (Identify examples of descriptive statistics in the article.) 10.0% Descriptive statistic examples from the article are omitted. There are major inaccuracies or omissions. N/A Descriptive statistic examples from the article are presented. There are some very minor inaccuracies or omissions. N/A Descriptive statistic examples from the article are presented and accurate.
Inferential Statistics (Identify examples of inferential statistics in the article.) 10.0% Inferential statistic examples from the article are omitted. There are major inaccuracies or omissions. N/A Inferential statistic examples from the article are presented. There are some very minor inaccuracies or omissions. N/A Inferential statistic examples from the article are presented and accurate.
Mechanics of Writing (includes spelling, punctuation, grammar, and language use) 10.0% Surface errors are pervasive enough that they impede communication of meaning. Inappropriate word choice or sentence construction is employed. Frequent and repetitive mechanical errors distract the reader. Inconsistencies in language choice (register) or word choice are present. Sentence structure is correct but not varied. Some mechanical errors or typos are present, but they are not overly distracting to the reader. Correct and varied sentence structure and audience-appropriate language are employed. Prose is largely free of mechanical errors, although a few may be present. The writer uses a variety of effective sentence structures and figures of speech. The writer is clearly in command of standard, written, academic English.
Total Weightage 100%

Article Analysis: Example 1

Article Citation

Utens, C. M. A., Goossens, L. M. A., van Schayck, O. C. P., Rutten-van Mölken, M. P. M. H., van Litsenburg, W., Janssen, A., … Smeenk, F. W. J. M. (2013). Patient preference and satisfaction in hospital-at-home and usual hospital care for COPD exacerbations: Results of a randomised controlled trial. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 50, 1537–1549. doi.org/10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2013.03.006

Link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23582671

(Include permalink for articles from GCU Library.)

Category

Description

Broad Topic Area/Title

The differences in preference and satisfaction based upon hospital care location for COPD exacerbations

Variables and Type of Data for the Variables

Treatment Location-categorical -“home treatment” and “hospital treatment”

Satisfaction – Ordinal Scale (1-5)

Preference – categorical “home treatment” and “hospital treatment”

Population of Interest for the Study

COPD exacerbation patients from five hospitals and three home care organizations

Sample

139 patients

69 from the usual hospital care group

70 from the early assisted discharge care group

Sampling Method

A randomized sampling method was used to select the patients who met the criteria for the study (p. 1540)

Descriptive Statistics (mean, median, mode; standard deviation)

Identify examples of descriptive statistics in the article.

Example descriptive statistics:

Usual hospital Age:

Mean: 67.8 Standard deviation: 11.30

Early assisted discharge Age:

Mean: 68.31 Standard deviation: 10.34 (p. 1540)

Inferential Statistics

Identify examples of inferential statistics in the article.

Example of inferential statistics:

Overall satisfaction score: Tested difference between HC and EAD p-value .863 (p. 1543)

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Article Analysis 1

Article Citation and Permalink (APA format)Article 1Article 2Article 3
PointDescriptionDescriptionDescription
Broad Topic Area/Title
Identify Independent and Dependent Variables and Type of Data for the Variables
Population of Interest for the Study
Sample
Sampling Method
Descriptive Statistics (Mean, Median, Mode; Standard Deviation)Identify examples of descriptive statistics in the article.
Inferential StatisticsIdentify examples of inferential statistics in the article.

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