The purpose of this initial paper is to briefly describe your search strategies when identifying two articles that pertain to an evidence-based practice topic of interest.

The paper will include the following.

  1. Clinical Question
  • Describe problem
  • Significance of problem in terms of outcomes or statistics
  • Your PICOT question in support of the group topic
  • Purpose
  1. Levels of Evidence
  • Type of question asked
  • Best evidence found to answer question

Search Strategy

  • Search terms
  • Databases used (you may use Google Scholar in addition to the library databases; start with the Library)
  • Refinement decisions made
  • Identification of two most relevant articles


  • Correct grammar and spelling
  • Use of headings for each section
  • Use of APA format
  • Page length: three to four pages
Clinical Question
  1. Problem is described. What is the focus of your group’s work?
  2. Significance of the problem is described. What health outcomes result from your problem? Or what statistics document this is a problem? You may find support on websites for government or professional organizations.
  3. What is your PICOT question?
  4. Purpose of your paper. What will your paper do or describe? This is similar to a problem statement. “The purpose of this paper is to . . .”
Levels of Evidence
  1. What type of question are you asking (therapy, prognosis, meaning, etc.)?
  2. What is the best type of evidence to be found to answer that question (e.g., RCT, cohort study, qualitative study)?
Search Strategy
  1. Search topic(s) provided. What did you use for search terms?
  2. What database(s) did you use? Link your search with the PICOT question described above.
  3. As you did your search, what decisions did you make in refinement to get your required articles down to a reasonable number for review? Were any limits used? If so, what?
  4. Identify the two most relevant and helpful articles that will provide guidance for your next paper and the group’s work. Why were these two selected?
  1. Correct grammar and spelling
  2. Use of headings for each section: Clinical Question, Level of Evidence, Search Strategy, Conclusion
  3. APA format (sixth ed.)
  4. Paper length: three to four pages


Clinical Question ALL elements present

  1. Problem is presented clearly.
  2. Significance of problem is described completely.
  3. PICOT question is presented.
  4. Purpose of paper is stated.
Levels of Evidence
  1. Accurately identifies type of question being asked.
  2. Accurately identifies best type of evidence available to answer question being asked.
Search Strategy ALL elements present

  1. Search topic(s) and termsprovided.
  2. Includes database(s) used for search and links to PICOT question.
  3. Explains process of refiningsearch to locate evidence.
  4. Identifies and defends the choice of the two most relevant articles to provide guidance for your next paper and the group’s work.
Format 1)       Grammar and mechanics are free of errors.

2)       Headings are free of errors and include all of the followning.

a)       Clinical Question

b)       Level of Evidence

c)       Search Strategy

d)       Conclusion

3)       APA format is used without errors.

4)       Total length: Three to four pages, excluding references and title page.




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