Scholarly Writing on Preventive Care
Where can you find evidence to inform your thoughts and scholarly writing? Throughout the nurse practitioner degree program, will use the research literature to explore ideas, guide your thinking, and gain new insights. As you search the research literature, it is important to use resources that are peer-reviewed and from scholarly journals. You may already have some favorite online resources and databases that you use or have found useful in the past. For this paper and this week’s Assignment, you explore databases available through the Walden Library.
Note: Review the Assignment and complete the relevant items in the to prepare section prior to engaging in the Discussion.
•Review the information presented in the Learning Resources for using the Walden Library, searching the databases, and evaluating online resources.
•Begin searching for a peer-reviewed article that pertains to nurse practitioner practice area and is of particular interest to you.
•Identify the database that you used to search for a peer-reviewed article in your area of practice and interest. ***Preventive Care***
•Reflect on your experience with searching the database. Did you note any difficulties when searching for an article? What steps/strategies did you find helpful for locating a peer-reviewed article? Would this database be useful to your colleagues? Would you recommend this database?
•Once you have select your peer-reviewed article, evaluate its strengths and weaknesses in terms of scholarly writing, bias, opinion, quality of evidence, and appropriateness to its target audience.
Write a brief summary of your peer-reviewed article, the database you located your article in, your database searching experience, key words utilized in the search, and analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the article.
Support your paper with specific resources used in its preparation using APA formatting. You are asked to provide a reference for all resources, including those in the Learning Resources for this course.
Scholarly Writing on Preventive Care
Finding peer-reviewed scholarly sources on preventive care is not so hard over the internet. Of course one has to know what they are looking for to narrow down the possibilities to the closest match. One has to also be on the lookout for the most recent studies to ensure that the evidence they base the arguments on is not only current but also tried and tested using modern techniques. To locate a peer-reviewed article, you must type the phrases “peer-reviewed” and “preventive care” to enable the search engine narrow down the options. Should you have decided on a particular book or journal to base your research on, then it is better to add the title and the name of the author. Alternatively, one can search for the accurate source by title and name of the writer (Forister, & Blessing, 2015).
The online catalog is an indispensable part of today’s scholarly efforts. A majority of the college going students are very tech savvy an online library enables them to not only easily access academic material but also get information on the go. I would recommend it to my peers.
I settled on the following peer-reviewed article; Associations between Obesity and Receipt of Screening Mammography, Papanicolaou Tests, and Influenza Vaccination: Results from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) and the Asset and Health Dynamics among the Oldest Old (AHEAD) Study. The paper was written and submitted by Truls Østbye, MD, Ph.D., MPH, MBA, Donald H. Taylor Jr, Ph.D., MPA, William S. Yancy Jr, MD, MHS, and Katrina M. Krause, MA. It is expertly written with the basic medical lingo to expound on their theory.
The paper incorporates views from several renowned medical practitioners. The study was conducted in the USA, and therefore all the data used therein is from one geographical location. However, the test subjects came from an array of ethnicities. The study was skewed in comparing white and black test subjects. The quality of the evidence is stellar, diverse samples and information interpretation techniques have been used to make sense of the data. The paper is most appropriate for fledgling medical caregivers with interest in preventive care. It is cited as of the 100 Most Influential Journals in Biology & Medicine over the last 100 Years.
The paper delves into the following topic; Obese Americans, who are recipients of more care for chronic diseases, may, in turn, receive fewer preventive services. The paper evaluates the relationship between body mass index (BMI) and availability of screening mammography and Papanicolaou tests among middle-aged women as well as the link between BMI and receipt of influenza vaccination among the elderly. The researchers analyzed two datasets: the Health and Retirement Study (4439 women aged 50–61 years) and the Asset and Health Dynamics among the Oldest Old (AHEAD) Study (4045 women and 2154 men aged 70 years or more). Higher BMI was associated with infrequent receipt of preventive care among middle-aged White women and elderly White women and men (Østbye, Taylor, Yancy, & Krause, 2005).
The search experience was relaxed as the internet did most of the work. Keywords utilized include “preventive care” “peer-reviewed journal” and the year of the study. The article can be found at the American Journal of Public Health database. The report presents a strong argument for the plight of the obese Americans who receive little preventive care.
Østbye, T., Taylor, D., Yancy, W., & Krause, K. (2005). Associations Between Obesity and Receipt of Screening Mammography, Papanicolaou Tests, and Influenza Vaccination: Results from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) and the Asset and Health Dynamics Among the Oldest Old (AHEAD) Study. American Journal Of Public Health, 95(9), 1623-1630. http://dx.doi.org/10.2105/ajph.2004.047803
Forister, J., & Blessing, J. (2015). Introduction to research and medical literature for health professionals (1st ed., p. 45). Burlington, Maryland: Jones & Bartlett Learning Books.
Taylor, R. (2015). What Every Medical Writer Needs to Know (1st ed., p. 11). Cham: Springer International Publishing.