Falls Prevention in the Elderly Patients

Evidence-Based Project
Is there a difference between “common practice” and “best practice”?
When you first went to work for your current organization, experienced colleagues may have
shared with you details about processes and procedures. Perhaps you even attended an
orientation session to brief you on these matters. As a “rookie,” you likely kept the nature of your
questions to those with answers that would best help you perform your new role.
Over time and with experience, perhaps you recognized aspects of these processes and
procedures that you wanted to question further. This is the realm of clinical inquiry.

Clinical inquiry is the practice of asking questions about clinical practice. To continuously improve
patient care, all nurses should consistently use clinical inquiry to question why they are doing
something the way they are doing it. Do they know why it is done this way, or is it just because
we have always done it this way? Is it a common practice or a best practice?
In this Assignment, you will identify clinical areas of interest and inquiry and practice searching
for research in support of maintaining or changing these practices. You will also analyze this
research to compare research methodologies employed.
To Prepare:
Review the Resources and identify a clinical issue of interest that can form the basis of a clinical
Based on the clinical issue of interest and using keywords related to the clinical issue of interest,
search at least four different databases in the Walden Library to identify at least four relevant
peer-reviewed articles related to your clinical issue of interest. You should not be using
systematic reviews for this assignment, select original research articles.
Review the results of your peer-reviewed research and reflect on the process of using an
unfiltered database to search for peer-reviewed research.
Reflect on the types of research methodologies contained in the four relevant peer-reviewed
articles you selected.
Part 1: An Introduction to Clinical Inquiry

Create a 4- to 5-slide PowerPoint presentation in which you do the following:
Identify and briefly describe your chosen clinical issue of interest.
Describe how you used keywords to search on your chosen clinical issue of interest.
Identify the four research databases that you used to conduct your search for the peer-reviewed
articles you selected.
Provide APA citations of the four peer-reviewed articles you selected.
Part 2: Identifying Research Methodologies
After reading each of the four peer-reviewed articles you selected, use the Matrix Worksheet
template to analyze the methodologies applied in each of the four peer-reviewed articles. Your
analysis should include the following:
The full citation of each peer-reviewed article in APA format.
A brief (1-paragraph) statement explaining why you chose this peer-reviewed article and/or how
it relates to your clinical issue of interest, including a brief explanation of the ethics of research
related to your clinical issue of interest.
A brief (1-2 paragraph) description of the aims of the research of each peer-reviewed article.
A brief (1-2 paragraph) description of the research methodology used. Be sure to identify if the
methodology used was qualitative, quantitative, or a mixed-methods approach. Be specific.
A brief (1- to 2-paragraph) description of the strengths of each of the research methodologies used, including reliability and validity of how the methodology was applied in each of the peerreviewed articles you selected.
Submit Part 1 and Part 2 of your Evidence-Based Project.
Note: Part 1 is a 4-5 slide PowerPoint and Part 2 is the Matrix. Be sure to attach both of your
documents (Part 1 and Part 2) before you click Submit

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