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Choose ONE of the following scenarios:
You work with patients with dementia. You would like to find out if animal assisted activities can improve quality of life. Find the best available evidence to inform you as to whether animal assisted therapy is effective for this group.
You work with clients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). You are interested to know more about e-health therapies (e.g., online, smart phone apps) as some of your clients live in rural areas with no nearby clinics. Find the best available evidence to inform you as to whether e-mental therapies are effective in reducing symptoms of PTSD.
You work with sporting teams and athletes to manage health and injuries. One of the teams you work with recently received funding to purchase new equipment and cryotherapy options were suggested by the board. Find the best available evidence to inform you as to whether whole-body cryotherapy is effective for post-exercise recovery.
(Remember You just need to choose one scenario from those 3 scenarios)
As future health, sport, and wellness professionals/clinicians, you will use the best available evidence to inform your professional reasoning and practice. Both written assignments of this unit will help you learn the stages of finding, selecting, and using evidence. The assignments include writing activities aimed at developing your academic writing skills.
There are three sections:
PICO and search strategy
Your work will be based on ONE scenario from the selection provided. From the scenario, you are required to formulate an evidence question, PICO terms and an advanced search strategy. From your search results, you will select three articles that would be considered the best available evidence to answer your evidence question and present a justification for one of these articles. Further details of the assignment are provided below.
Section 1: PICO and search strategy
From your chosen scenario, you are required to:
Write a PICO evidence question.
Identify the PICO components that will inform your search strategy including keywords and synonyms
Perform an advanced search in CINAHL on the P and I components of your PICO
Present a screenshot, or copy, of your search strategy from CINAHL
Section 2: Evidence criteria
Select THREE articles that represent best available evidence and identify the evidence selection criteria of the articles in the provided template. Criteria include type, level, recency, and relevance of evidence. Provide reference and abstract for each paper (see template).
Section 3: Evidence justification
Select ONE article of the three that might represent best available evidence for answering the evidence question. In 100 words, justify your choice of this ONE by considering the strengths and limitations based on the evidence selection criteria, by comparing to the other selected articles.
No coversheet is required for Turnitin submissions
Use the assignment templates provided on vUWS to assist with layout and formatting
Your assignment must have your name and student number on each page
Times New Roman or Arial or Calibri 12 font, 1.5 – 2 line spacing
Graphical objects are permitted to provide search history and abstract attachment
Use APA 7th citation and referencing style
Reference list required (for the included articles)
Provide abstracts for your articles
Illegible search strategies will not be marked
The word limit for the Evidence Justification has an error margin of 10% and includes in-text citations. Writing
beyond this point will not be marked.