Posted: September 18th, 2017

Critiquing the Literature Using Grading Systems

Critiquing the Literature Using Grading Systems

Share a grading system used in your field of practice. Describe the system.

Who authored the system?
How was the system created? Is it based on the scale used in the GRADE system?
Does the system rank all types of evidence, including qualitative studies and expert opinion?
What are the benefits and risks (limitations) of using a grading system to evaluate the quality of scientific evidence?
Your initial post should be succinct and demonstrate clarity of thought and precision in writing. Support your discussion with at least one reference other than the required reading.

Required Readings
Complete the following:
Optional Readings
You may choose to complete the following:

Read the Moher et al. 2010 article, “CONSORT 2010 Explanation and Elaboration: Updated Guidelines for Reporting Parallel Group Randomised Trial” from BMJ, volume 340, c869.
Read Schünemann, Best, Vist, Oxman, and GRADE Working Group‘s 2003 article, “Letters, Numbers, Symbols and Words: How to Communicate Grades of Evidence and Recommendations” from CMAJ, volume 169, issue 7, pages 677–680.
Read Cochrane Reviews and explore the Cochrane Collaboration.
Read the CONSORT Statement.
Read Schnall and Levy’s 2009 article “Essential Nursing Resources” from Nursing Education Perspectives, volume 30, issue 5, pages 318–327. This article was edited for the Interagency Council on Information Resources in Nursing (ICIRN).
Explore the following Web sites:
U.S. National Library of Medicine’s PubMed.
Virginia Henderson Global Nursing Library.
Joanna Briggs Institute.
GRADE Working Group.
Optional Activities
On the PubMed Online Training Web site, practice using MESH and the “explode” feature in MEDLINE.
Explore Capella’s Graduate Online Writing Center, focusing on materials related to literature searches and organizing information.

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