Discussion Week 2: Evidence-based practice in nursing & healthcare

Discussion Week 2: Evidence-based practice in nursing & healthcare

Discussion Week 2: Evidence-based practice in nursing & healthcare

In pediatric patients who are diagnosed with obesity (P), will an educational intervention focused on diet and exercise (I), compared with no educational intervention (C), result in a reduced body mass index (O), over a 6-month period (T)?

Childhood obesity is an epidemic. It is a topic that has been the focus of a variety of research studies for the past few decades. Since there is so much research on this topic, I found all the databases to be useful and each provided a little bit of a different search. As shared by Melnyk and Fineout-Overholt (2019), Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) is the set of terms used by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to describe the content of articles indexed in MEDLINE. This was helpful since all the articles on childhood obesity would contain information about it regardless of what terms the author used when writing the article. While it could be more time consuming to sift through the results of the MeSH search, it can lead to articles that were possibly not found in other databases.

Overall, I believe that I will mainly use the South University Library search, and then narrow it down from there. I do not know whether it is because I am the most familiar with the South University database, or if I actually find it the easiest to navigate. I do not believe that I will use the Dynamed database often. I found this database to be the least user-friendly while also presenting with the least number of articles.

Reference

Melnyk, B. M., & Fineout-Overholt, E. (2019). Evidence-based practice in nursing & healthcare (4th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer.

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