In patients with muscle spasms, is relaxation as good as anti-spasmodic medication in reducing the incidence of muscle spasms?*

  1. In Course Resources, you will find the ‘Week 5 Evidence-Based Practice Searchable Clinical Questions Form’. This is the form that you can use to document your search process and results. Below, you will find an example of how to complete the tables as you are doing each search
  2. The notes section is to be completed in detail as each step of the search process is performed.
  3. An optimal range of 10-15 scholarly articles is to be achieved for each database search. If this is not possible, a detailed explanation is to be included in the notes section.  Do not stop too soon or you may miss some valuable article to help answer your clinical question. You want to be able to identify ten scholarly peer reviewed articles that would help answer or provide insight to your clinical research question so you can summarize them in an annotated bibliography written in APA 6th ed format. The annotated bibliography will be a separate Word document in APA 6th ed format.

 

Example: PubMed

Clinical Question:  In patients with muscle spasms, is relaxation as good as anti-spasmodic medication in reducing the incidence of muscle spasms?*

The PICO (T) elements are:

P = patients with muscle spasms

I = anti-spasmodic medication

C= relaxation

O = reducing incidence of muscle spasms

T = not applicable in this case

Search Number P I C O T # of Results Notes
1 Patients with muscle spasms         8750 I searched on the P, “patients with muscle spasms” by typing it in  the search field and clicking “Search”
2   antispasmodic       46690 I searched on the I, “antispasmodic” by typing it into the search field and clicking “Search.”
3     relaxation     119010 I clicked “Clear” and typed “relaxation” in the search field. CINAHL suggested “relaxation techniques” so I chose to search on this.
4     Relaxation techniques     35602 I added techniques to the search field and clicked “Search”.
5       muscle spasms   23937 I clicked “Clear” and typed “muscle spasms” in the search field and clicked “Search.”
6   Antispasmodic Relaxation techniques     936 I clicked on “advanced search” and combined Search #2 and Search #4 using the Boolean operator “AND”. I clicked “Search.”.
7   Antispasmodic Relaxation techniques     7120 I clicked on advanced search and used the Boolean Term “or”. I chose Full text and 5 years then clicked search.
8     Relaxation techniques Muscle spasms   285 I clicked on advanced search and combined relaxation techniques and muscle spasms.
9   Antispasmodic Relaxation techniques Muscle spasms   17 Still using the Advanced Search, I used all three terms with Boolean term “And” between antispasmodic and relaxation techniques and muscle spasms. Clicked search.
10   Antispasmodic Relaxation techniques Muscle spasms   5 I clicked on advanced search, added Boolean term “and” plus indicated English only, full-text, and time frame 2011-2016.(5 years) Clicked “Search”. This was not in the range of 10-15 scholarly articles so decided to look at each of these articles to see if any of them would help answer my clinical research question. I then chose three of these articles for my annotated bibliography.

*This table reports the history of an actual search of this clinical question in PubMed

 

Category Points % Description
Content 20

 

10% Clinical Question written in PICO(T) format
Content 20 10% PICO(T) terms clearly identified

 

Content 20 10% Search performed in PubMed/MEDLINE database

 

Content 20 10% Search performed in EBSCO/CINAHL database

 

Content 20 10% Search performed in the Joanna Briggs Institute database

 

Content 20 10% Article Selection

 

Content 20 10% Credibility of sources chosen for annotated bibliography

 

Content 40 20% Annotations explain and support an answer to the clinical question

 

Grammar 10 5% Rules of grammar, spelling, word usage, and punctuation are followed.
Format 10 5% APA 6th ed followed for annotated bibliography
Total points  

200

 

100%

A quality assignment will meet or exceed all of the above requirements.

 

 

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