RUA: Analyzing Published Research Assignment

RUA: Analyzing Published Research Assignment


The purpose of this paper is to interpret the two articles identified as most important to the group topic.

The paper will include the following.

1. Clinical question

a. Description of problem

b. Significance of problem

c. Purpose of paper

2. Description of findings

a. Summarize basics in the Matrix Table (SEE ATTACHMENT FOR THE MATRIX TABLE SAMPLE).


b. Describe

i. Concepts

ii. Methods used

iii. Participants

iv. Instruments including reliability and validity

v. Answer to “Purpose” question

vi. Identify next step for group

3. Conclusion of paper

4. Format

a. Correct grammar and spelling

b. Use of headings for each section

c. Use of APA format (sixth edition)

d. Page length: three full pages (not more or less)

Grading Rubric for Each Section (please ensure the under listed is followed in the paper)

Clinical Question

Includes all elements in a manner that is clearly understood.

• Problem description provides focus of the group’s work.

• Significance of the problem is clearly stated and supported by current evidence.

• Purpose of paper is clearly stated.

Description of Findings: Summary

Summary omits no more than one required item from the Evidence Matrix Table.

Description of Findings: Description

Description includes ALL elements.

• What concepts have been studied?

• What methods have been used?

• Who are the participants or members of the samples?

• What instruments have been used? Did the authors describe the reliability and validity?

• How do you answer your original “the purpose of this paper” question? Do the findings of the

articles provide evidence for your answers? If so, how? If not, what is still needed to be able to

answer your question?

• What is needed for the next step? Identify two questions that can help guide the group’s work.

Description of Findings: Conclusion

Summary paragraph includes ALL major findings from article.

• Independently extracts complex data from a variety of quantitative sources, presents those data in summary form, makes appropriate connections and inferences consistent with the data, and relates them to a larger context

• Recognizes points of view and value assumptions in formulating interpretation of data collected and articulates the point of view in a given situation.

• Identifies misrepresentations in the presentation points of quantitative data and the logical and empirical fallacies in inferences drawn from data

Grammar, Spelling, Mechanics, and APA Format

• Length is three full pages.

• Used appropriate APA format and is free of errors.

• Includes ALL headings and subheadings as instructed.

• Grammar, spelling, and mechanics are free of errors.

RUA: Analyzing Published Research Assignment