Introductory-level systematic review

Individual assignment (35% of final grade)

Number of words: 1,500-1,700 (not including title page, references or grid)

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SPECIAL NOTE: Facilitators will not respond to any questions about this assignment after 12pm, Friday, 19th August.

OBJECTIVE:To prepare an introductory-level systematic review on designated topic.

One of two topics will be randomly allocated to your team (see page 2). The first four workshops will focus on Assignment 1.

Assignments in this subject are complex and will need to be completed over a couple of weeks. It is highly unlikely that you will beable to produce a review of an acceptable standard a few hours before the assignment is due. It is through the process of doing the assignment and the related exercises that you will gain useful skills.

In health care the purpose of systematic reviews is to summarize the best evidence from research. The conduct of a systematic review is itself recognised as research. The type of evidence summarised in a systematic review will depend on the research question asked. Systematic reviews cover a wide range of research questions and are used extensively in contemporary health care.

TEAM WORK

To complete this assignment, you will work in teams in class but you will complete the assignment individually. You can include any relevant work completed in class as part of your assignment submission. Team members will have the same topic but may develop different research questions or research objectives. They may also have a different range of included studies. Check with your workshop facilitator that your research question is suitable.

The purpose of working in teams is facilitate your learning in the workshops. The workshops will focus on the types of skills you need to complete the assignment.

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LATE SUBMISSION OF WORK

The University policy on late submission of work can be found here:

The essence of this policy is:

  • Penalties for late submission shall be 5% of the total possible marks for each delay in submission of a day or partial day up to a maximum of five (5) working days (not including weekends or holidays) after the due date.
  • Assessment tasks will not be accepted after the fifth (5th) working day after the due date; or
  • Students must seek a formal extension to submit after the deadline where there are valid extenuating circumstances. Extensions must normally be sought at least three (3) days before the submission date, if this is not possible, you must apply for Special Consideration within three days of the assignment due date.
  • Where an extension of time has been approved, this policy and the same penalties apply to the revised due date.

It is in your best interest to alert the Subject Coordinator as soon as you realise that you will have a problem meeting thedeadline.

Structure of your review

 

Introduction

  • Brief background on topic and why a review is needed
  • Research question and/or objectives (this should tell readers what the review aimed to do)

 

Method and Analysis

  • Description of the search strategy (include why you chose the studies that you included)
  • Description of the critical appraisal process (describe what you did) from at least four relevantpapers

 

Synthesis

  • Narrative summaries(of key aspects, for example, study design, study participants, intervention/exposures, outcomes measured, and results/findings) from at least four relevant papers. This is where you summarise the key characteristics from each study (note this is NOT a summary of each study but a summary of the information in the columns of your grid. You will need to use your judgement about which information is important to include in the text of your review).
  • Comparison from different studies (similarities, differences, gaps, inconsistencies).

 

Conclusion

  • What is the answerto your research question Did you meet your research objectives
  • Analysis of strengths and limitations of the included studies and identification of any gaps to address in future studies.

 

Attachments (These are NOT included in the word count)

  • Reference list
  • You HAVE TO include your grid/table as an attachment.

 

Verbal presentation

This assignment includes a verbal presentation to the class, where you share your answer to your research question with your workshop group. This will take place in the Week 5 workshops.

 

Topics:

 

STATISTICAL ANXIETY

Slootmaeckers, K., Kerremans, B., &Adriaensen, J. (2014). Too afraid to learn: attitudes towards statistics as a barrier to learning statistics and to acquiring quantitative skills. Politics, 34(2), 191-200.

Williams, A. S. (2013). Worry, intolerance of uncertainty, and statistics anxiety. Statistics Education Research Journal, 12(1), 48-59.

 

TEAM BUILDING FOR HEALTH STUDENTS

Hastie, C. R., Fahy, K. M., Parratt, J. A., & Grace, S. (2016). Midwifery students experience of teamwork projects involving mark-related peer feedback. Women and Birth. 29 (3) 252-259 doi:10.1016/j.wombi.2015.11.008

 

Yi, Y. J. (2015). Effects of team‐building on communication and teamwork among nursing students. International Nursing Review. 63(1) 33-40