NURS 6052 Discussion: Searching Databases Sample
Do children with mental illness exhibit improved behaviors after a year in a residential care facility compared to time at home? Children make up the majority of the patient population. Residential treatment is the intervention. The outcome is a comparison of residential vs. at-home care and improved behaviors. Finally, the time frame is one year for behavioral improvements. Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt, 2019, Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt, 2019.
To begin, I conducted a SAGE journal search for my PICOT question. The initial attempt to obtain information about the subject was unsuccessful. I had typed “Residential care facility for children with mental illness vs. home.” This resulted in the display of several articles that were irrelevant to my PICOT query. For more precise results, the approach and wording were entered differently. I then used the phrase “children with mental illness AND residential treatment AND outcomes.” The database returned 11998 results for the key words entered. I was able to narrow the search to 16 results by experimenting with the wording. I typed in “children with mental illness AND is residential treatment the best course of action AND behavioral changes.” The search was whittled down to sixteen candidates. Within the information I gathered, I discovered an article discussing trauma histories and their extensive treatment (Epstein, Cullinan, Quinn, & Cumblad, 1994). The information was out of date, and the additional articles were irrelevant to my subject.
I then used EBSCO discovery services to conduct additional research on my chosen topic. I am more familiar with EBCSO, which expedited the search. I typed “institution, AND assisting behavior, AND children or adolescents or youth, or child or adolescent, AND “mental illness.” I was able to locate one article that was relevant to my subject. The article discussed facilities that treat adolescents who self-injure (Law, Rostill-Brookes, & Goodman, 2009).
Lastly, I attempted “asd or autism spectrum disorder or autism, AND residential treatment for children & youth”. This brought up a study that addresses challenging behavior among hospitalized children (Holmes, Stokes, & Gathright, 2014). This article offered great information about my chosen topic. I feel that becoming more familiar with a variety of databases would increase the effectiveness of my research. As I continued to rearrange my words on SAGE journals, I found myself growing frustrated before I resorted to EBSCO. NURS 6052 Discussion: Searching Databases Sample
Epstein, M. H., Cullinan, D., Quinn, K. P., & Cumblad, C. (1994). Characteristics of Children with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders in
Community-based Programs Designed to Prevent Placement in Residential Facilities. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 2(1), 51-57. doi:10.1177/106342669400200107
Holmes, K. J., Stokes, L. D., & Gathright, M. M. (2014). The Use of Collaborative Problem Solving to Address Challenging Behavior
Among Hospitalized Children With Complex Trauma: A Case Series. Residential Treatment for Children & Youth, 31(1), 41-62. doi:10.1080/0886571x.2014.878581
Law, G. U., Rostill-Brookes, H., & Goodman, D. (2009). Public stigma in health and non-healthcare students: Attributions, emotions and willingness to help with adolescent self-harm. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 46(1), 108-119. doi:10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2008.08.014
Melnyk, B. M., & Fineout-Overholt, E. (2019). Evidence-based practice in nursing & healthcare: A guide to best practice (4th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer.
Discussion: Searching Databases
When you decide to purchase a new car, you first decide what is important to you. If mileage and dependability are the important factors, you will search for data focused more on these factors and less on color options and sound systems.
The same holds true when searching for research evidence to guide your clinical inquiry and professional decisions. Developing a formula for an answerable, researchable question that addresses your need will make the search process much more effective. One such formula is the PICO(T) format.
In this Discussion, you will transform a clinical inquiry into a searchable question in PICO(T) format, so you can search the electronic databases more effectively and efficiently. You will share this PICO(T) question and examine strategies you might use to increase the rigor and effectiveness of a database search on your PICO(T) question.
- Review the Resources and identify a clinical issue of interest that can form the basis of a clinical inquiry.
- Review the materials offering guidance on using databases, performing keyword searches, and developing PICO(T) questions provided in the Resources.
- Based on the clinical issue of interest and using keywords related to the clinical issue of interest, search at least two different databases in the Walden Library to identify at least four relevant peer-reviewed articles related to your clinical issue of interest. You should not be using systematic reviews for this assignment, select original research articles.
- Review the Resources for guidance and develop a PICO(T) question of interest to you for further study. It is suggested that an Intervention-type PICOT question be developed as these seem to work best for this course.
By Day 3 of Week 4
Post a brief description of your clinical issue of interest. This clinical issue will remain the same for the entire course and will be the basis for the development of your PICOT question. Describe your search results in terms of the number of articles returned on original research and how this changed as you added search terms using your Boolean operators. Finally, explain strategies you might make to increase the rigor and effectiveness of a database search on your PICO(T) question. Be specific and provide examples.
By Day 6 of Week 4
Respond to at least two of your colleagues on two different days and provide further suggestions on how their database search might be improved.