Student- Created Mock Epidemiology

Exercise 6.3 epidemiology study summary Guide

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Directions: This assignment will give you an opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned about epidemiologic methods, statistical tests, bioethical principles in research, and how to apply these to clinical problems.

Choose a plausible epidemiology topic pertaining to a diverse population you would like to study. The topic should relate to a diverse (in terms of ethnicity, nationality, culture, etc.) population. In APA style, write a formal paper that reads as if you had actually conducted the study. It must include the elements as outlined below and be coherent throughout. The paper should be no longer than 4-6 pages of text; about the length of a published article. Include title, abstract and references pages.

1. Write the purpose of your study along with 2-3 sentences elaborating on the problem and significance of the problem related to the purpose. You may use supporting evidence from other published work to explain or support the problem you are describing.

2. Write at least 2 research questions related to the purpose of the study. Be explicit rather than vague.

3. Write a null and an alternative hypothesis for each of these two questions.

4. State which one of your two research questions you are addressing from this point on. Identify and explain the dependent and independent variables, as well as the variable type (nominal, ordinal, etc.) for each variable.

5. Describe the subjects you have included in this study, including the number of subjects and how they were recruited. Describe all the characteristics and factors of the subjects that are relevant to the purpose of the study.

6. What is the basic design or type of study you have used to investigate your hypothesis? Explain how you collected your data.

7. Select the statistical test needed to test the null hypothesis. The selected statistical test must be selected from the ones reviewed in this course, unless you have permission from your course instructor to use a different test. Explain why you selected the test and how you have analyzed the variables. State in general terms (not actual numbers) what your results were from the statistical analyses, and whether they led you to reject or fail to reject your null hypothesis.

8. What ethical issues or bias need to be taken into consideration with this study? Please explain.

9. State the implications of these findings for healthcare practice. Discuss the impact these results would have on clinical practice and healthcare policy. Use published work to give support to your discussion. (See next page for grading rubric. )

Epidemiology Study Summary Paper Points
1. Included an abstract in correct form i.e. no first line indent, written in past tense, and complete methodology (study question, variables and purpose, hypothesis, design, sampling (how target diverse population represented), statistical analysis, findings, and hypothesis conclusions described with clarity and brevity. /2
2. The purpose of the study along with 2-3 sentences elaborates on the problem and the significance of the problem related to the purpose. Used supporting evidence from other published work to explain or support the problem described. /4
3. Proposed at least two research questions related to the purpose of the study; are explicit rather than vague. /2
4. A null and alternate hypothesis posed for each of the two questions. /4
5. State one research question of focus. Identified and explained the dependent and independent variables, as well as the type of data used to measure the variables. /4
6. Described subjects and the number included in the study. Described the characteristics and factors of the subjects relevant to the study purpose, and the greater population represented. /6
7. Identified the basic design or type of study used to investigate the hypothesis. Explained the steps used to collect data. /6
8. Selected statistical test(s) appropriate to the variable types to test the null hypothesis from those reviewed in this course, unless permission was given from the course instructor to use a different test. Explained why the test(s) were selected and how the variables were analyzed. Stated the results of the statistical analyses in general terms (not actual numbers), and if the results led to reject or fail to reject the null hypothesis. /6
9. Explained the ethical issues and bias considered with the study. /4
10. Stated the implications of the findings for healthcare practice. Discussed the impact the results will have on clinical practice and healthcare policy. Used peer reviewed sources to support to the discussion. /4
11. At least three peer reviewed sources are cited and referenced. /4
12. APA formatting and writing style, grammar. /4


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