Detailed Description: You will identify and examine a problem of
interest to your current specialty practice or to your future desired
role. This should be a clinical problem in your discipline, not a
medical problem. In other words, you should have control of the
intervention (as a professional in your discipline) and the question you
pose should be QUANTITATIVE in nature.
A way to identify a problem of interest may be to ask yourself or colleagues questions such as: Is there a better way of doing something? Would another intervention be more effective and improve client outcomes? What research-based intervention exists to improve current care in terms of client, provider, and community outcomes? Look in the literature for answers. Try to identify something for which you really want an answer. The following should be addressed in your paper using the bolded text as subheadings: (See the rubric for Part 1 for more details.)
Describe the area of your current clinical practice or future role as related to the identified problem
Problem of Interest
Identify and describe the problem of interest (specific need or practice gap)
Discuss how the problem of interest was identified
Use the Intervention PICOT format to ask your question. (see pp. 28-37 in Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt) Use the format below:
PICOT format: Identify the Patient (Client) population/disease, Intervention, Comparison, Outcome, and Time – PICO(T).
Example: In women aged 65 to 75 years old, do active wheelchair exercises affect leg stiffness complaints as compared to passive ROM routines over a three-month period?
P = In women aged 65 to 75 years old
I = How do active wheel chair exercises
C = Compared to passive ROM routines
O = Affect the number of reports of stiffness in legs
T = Over a three-month period