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Formulate a focused research question through the analysis of information gathered from policy/ research literature in health promotion and public health.

Research Methods and Critical Appraisal: Suggested Essay Outline

Assessment task: Summative 1 (Essay)

Weighting: 100%

Word count or equivalent: 3,000 words

This essay should be submitted as one document.

Write a detailed proposal for ‘A review of the effectiveness of a health promotion intervention’

 

  1. Formulate a focused research question through the analysis of information gathered from policy/ research literature in health promotion and public health.
  2. Devise an effective strategy to search one database for relevant research literature.
  3. Provide a clear justification for the inclusion and exclusion of specific research designs to provide evidence of effectiveness or experience of a specific health promotion intervention.

 

Core

Your notes

Introduction (sources and evidence can be cited where appropriate)

Recommended word count: 250 words

  • Write what the assignment is about (a proposal for your double dissertation project).
  • Summarise what your chosen public health topic is.
  • Discuss how your essay is going to be structured (chapter 1 will explore the background, etc.)

 

 

Chapter 1 Background and rationale (sources and evidence must be cited)

Recommended word count: 650 words

  • Summarise the importance of your chosen topic in the context of Public Health.
  • Briefly discuss your preliminary background reading on your research question.
  • Briefly identify some of the key areas you are interested in.
  • Discuss the framework used to formulate the question (PICO).

 

 

Chapter 2 Methodology (sources and evidence must be cited)

Recommended word count: 600 words

  • Your chosen library data base(s)
  • Key words
  • Use of Boolean operators
  • Any use of truncation
  • Number of articles as a result of your search, number of abstracts read, number of articles chosen to include and appraise (there should be 5)
  • Discuss the inclusion/exclusion criteria in detail (did you limit the search to any number of years? What about language? This could include ethical considerations)

 

 

Chapter 3 Results (sources and evidence must be cited)

Recommended word count: 600 words

  • Describe the five articles briefly. Do this one article at a time (each article should be one clear paragraph, about 100 words of description per article).

 

 

Chapter 4 Critical appraisal (sources and evidence must be cited)

Recommended word count: 300 words

Describe how you will approach critical analysis in your double dissertation, focusing on the following:

  • How are you going to appraise the literature? e.g., the critical appraisal table, exploration of limitations, validity, reliability, generalisability.
  • Give examples using your five studies where possible

 

 

Chapter 5 Emerging themes (sources and evidence must be cited)

Recommended word count: 200 words

  • Describe any key emerging themes from the 5 articles that you intend to explore in your DD – have you noticed any patterns or key topics across the 5 interventions?

 

 

Chapter 6 Recommendations and conclusions (sources and evidence must be cited)

Recommended word count: 400 words

  • Describe any key emerging recommendations from the 5 articles that you intend to explore in your DD.
  • Highlight the main points discussed in the main text.

 

References

 

Appendix

  • Please add your CASP table here

 


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