Literature Review Matrix

Literature Review Matrix

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Application Assignment #4: Literature Review Matrix

There are four parts to this essay PLEASE: READ Carefully & please include an introduction.

This Application expands upon the work you have been conducting for this week’s Discussion. For this assignment (which you will start this week, and submit by the end of Week 7), you will conduct a search for literature on your selected practice problem.

A Literature Review Matrix template will be used to identify gaps in the literature.

To prepare:

Consider the practice problem you addressed in this week’s Discussion. (You may select a new issue if necessary, but it is not recommended.)

Review the guidelines in the Literature Review Matrix, included in the Learning Resources.

Formulate a research question around your issue as indicated in Part I.

Then complete Part II of the Matrix, identifying the resources you will use, search terms and criteria, and Boolean search strings.

Using the Walden Library, locate 10 articles related to your research question. At least one article must be a systematic review. All of the articles should be primary sources. NOTE: If appropriate, you may use the four articles you reviewed for this week’s Discussion.

Review Part III of the Literature Review Matrix and notice which middle range theories were used most frequently in the articles you reviewed.

Consider the appropriate use of the theoretical frameworks in each article.

Review the information on empiricism presented in Chapter 1 of Theoretical Basis for Nursing and Chapter 6 in The Practice of Nursing Research:

Appraisal, Synthesis, and Generation of Evidence as you consider your response to Part IV.

In your analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the existing literature, note the appropriate use of the theoretical frameworks.

Complete Part IV addressing the influence of empiricism on quantitative methodology.


Course Text: McEwin, M., & Wills, E.M. (2014). Theoretical basis for nursing. (4th. ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health.

Chapter 10, “Introduction to Middle Range Nursing Theories”
Chapter 11, “Overview of Selected Middle Range Nursing Theories”

Chapter 10 begins the exploration of middle range theories and discusses their development, refinement, and use in research. Chapter 11 continues the examination of middle range theories and provides an in depth examination of a select set of theories.

Course Text: Grove, S., Burns, N., & Gray, J. (2013). The practice of nursing research: appraisal, synthesis, and generation of evidence. (7th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Saunders Elsevier.

Chapter 8, “Objectives, Questions, Hypotheses, and Study Variables”

Chapter 8 guides nurses through the process of identifying research objectives, developing research questions, and creating research hypotheses.

Book Chapter: Fawcett, J., & Garity, J. (2009). Chapter 6: Evaluation of middle-range theories. Evaluating Research for Evidence-Based Nursing. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: F. A. Davis.
Retrieved from the Walden Library Database.

This book chapter evaluates the use and significance of middle-range theories in nursing research and clinical practice.

Article: DeSanto-Madeya, S., & Fawcett, J. (2009). Toward Understanding and Measuring Adaptation Level in the Context of the Roy Adaptation Model. Nursing Science Quarterly, 22(4), 355–359.
Retrieved from the Sage Premier 2010 database.

This article describes how the Roy Adaptation Model (RAM) is used to guide nursing practice, research, and education in many different countries.

Article: Jacelon, C., Furman, E., Rea, A., Macdonald, B., & Donoghue, L. (2011). Creating a professional practice model for postacute care: Adapting the Chronic Care Model for long-term care. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 37(3), 53–60.
Retrieved from the CINAHL Plus with Full Text database.

This article addresses the need to redesign health care delivery to better meet the needs of individuals with chronic illness and health problems.

Article: Murrock, C. J., & Higgins, P. A. (2009). The theory of music, mood and movement to improve health outcomes. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 65 (10), 2249–2257. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2648.2009.05108.x
Retrieved from the CINAHL Plus with Full Text database.

This article discusses the development of a middle-range nursing theory on the effects of music on physical activity and improved health outcomes.

Optional Resources:

Article: McCurry, M., Revell, S., & Roy, S. (2010). Knowledge for the good of the individual and society: Linking philosophy, disciplinary goals, theory, and practice. Nursing Philosophy, 11(1), 42–52.
Retrieved from the CINAHL Plus with Full Text database.


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