Task 2 – scoring articles

Determine the criteria for inclusion into your review. Find articles that best meet this criteria and evalaute the methods using approiate appraisal tools and report on findings.


7 Responses to “Task 2 – scoring articles”

  1. ebppost Says:

    • The tools were very detailed and this caused the limitation of the inclusion of the articles to be included and the end result of the articles was less.
    • The fact that the study was limited to persons with physical disabilities limited the articles, because most of the articles found were for Geriatrics, psychiatrics and paediatrics. And the inclusion of the study eliminated them despite that they were nice because they were in the exclusion criteria.
    • During the search there seemed to be no Randomised Control Trials (RCTs) but there were quite a few of systematic reviews.
    • Studies between January 2000 to January 2010 were included but this limited the other studies which were not falling in this criteria and were very nice articles.
    • Among the four (4) articles namely CINAHL, COCHRANE, MEDLINE and Science Direct only MEDLINE yielded articles that were included in the study where as the others did not.
    • Some of the abstracts were included in the study but as I checked in the original article, the final decision was to eliminate for example one of the article was selected which was on client’s experiences but as I read the original article, it was on nurse’s experiences. Some of the articles were very hard to know about the study’s intention/aim which would finally be solved after reviewing the original article.
    • Some of the articles, it was difficult to find out the study design, for example some articles would just explain the data collection method like focus group and its importance not giving any ideal of the study design used.
    • Some articles had no full text available though the abstract had a good score according to PICO.

  2. ebppost Says:

    It was noted that some articles were available in more than one data bases and therefore it was necessary to be cautious not to count them twice.
    -My search was restricted to years 2000-2010 in order to ensure that I get latest information on my objective. However, I realized that some studies in former years had also been done and were answering my question; they were however excluded because there was still need to identify whether there was ideally any change in later years.
    -There were only articles in two levels of evidence for this specific study question i.e. cross-section and RCT’s.
    -Considering the many studies that have been done concerning counseling practices concerning physical activity and inactivity by medical doctors made many abstracts look suitable for the review, they were however eliminated for lacking the physical inactivity being a risk factor aspect of the review.
    -Strictness of the tools in determining the methodological quality was eliminating articles that I thought were suitable.
    -It was also noted that this is a growing area of study though it is still only being done in the developed world currently only in USA and Columbia which is most recent.

  3. marimumba2010 Says:

    Task two was very interesting in the sense that as a beginner I was not sure whether to include articles that did not really mention my PICO items very clearly. some articles discussed cultural beliefs and myths in a quiet manner. they did not necessarily itemise them per Se but described. so it was difficulty for me to pick suck articles but now I think I will look at articles with an open mind and critical eye.

  4. marimumba2010 Says:

    I started my introduction to the EBP article. I consoled so many scripts, but I think and hope that I have started the writing . I might start another scrip.

  5. marimumba2010 Says:

    I widened my search years from January 1990 to January 2010. my justification is that cultural beliefs and myths may have evolved through time. it is also for the purpose of tracking the past in relation to the present in terms of what has been and what has become of these beliefs. after all we are looking at how much the cultural beliefs and myths have influenced the challenges that people with physical disabilities experience. I also wanted to compare how it was then and how it is currently, remember that I also included religious beliefs under the traditional/cultural beliefs. I will keep you informed if I find something

  6. mugambiw80 Says:

    Mariamumba may be time will be the only enemy you have otherwise it is in my opinion that even a broader space of years would have been better in your review since it would give you a bigger picture of the evolution that you are talking about partaining to cultural beliefs and myths. I’m just guessing maybe some myths and beliefs have died with passing of generations and therefore thier imparct to your target group also changing. could be part of the evolution

  7. mariamumba2010 Says:

    mugambiw80 you are very correct that Cultures are constantly evolving in response to changes in the environment; No culture stands still.Moreover, because culture is a learned phenomenon, individuals and groups can and do change their ethnic or cultural identities and interests through such processes as migration, conversion, and assimilation or through exposure to modifying influences. In bi-cultural or multicultural contexts, such as are prevalent in the Urbarn areas with the effect of globalisation there is interaction between cultures. But there some beliefs that are so deeply rooted that may have survived and continued to influence the natives way of life.

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