· The purpose of this initial paper is to briefly describe your search strategies when identifying an articles that pertain to an evidence-based practice topic of interest.

· Each student will sign-up for a group to formulate an evidence-based practice topic of interest

(My topic is Interventions to promote social interactions in children with autistic disorder spectrum)

· Each group will formulate research question using PICO format.

P: Children with autistic disorder

I: Play therapy

C: no therapy, no intervention

O: increase social behaviors

· Each group member will search, retrieve, and receive approval for 1 PRIMARY DATA ARTICLE to answer the group Research Question.

(I will attach the article for you to use my professor already approved it)

· Paper should include a Title and Reference pages.

· Page Length: 3-4 pages Excluding Title and Reference pages


Clinical Question

Research Question- Describe problem

· Accurately and clearly states your research question using PICO format

· P: Children with autistic disorder

· I: Play therapy

· C: no therapy, no intervention

· O: increase social behaviors

Overview of the Problem- Overview/Significance of problem in terms of outcomes or statistics

· What statistics document this is a problem? (facts and figures)

Significance of the Problem-

· What statistic document this is a problem?

· What health outcomes result from this problem. Why should people be concerned about this problem?

Purpose of Paper

· Describe the purpose of topic search strategy (ITSS) paper

(The purpose of this paper is to describe search startegies to find evidence supporting our group’s PICO question.)

Search Strategy

Search Terms

· List all terms used to search for your article (i.e. breast cancer, screening, mammography, intervention, assessment, influencing factors….etc.)

(I used autism, social behavior, and therapy)

· List Chamberlain library database used (i.e. EBSCO, Medline, OVID, PubMed….etc.)

( I used EBSCO)

· Google search engine is NOT the library database

Availability of Articles

· How many research articles were available to answer your research question?

· Provide numbers of articles, NOT just saying “plenty, sufficient, many…etc.

Refinement Decisions

· What decision(s) have changed from your original search strategies? (i.e. peer-review, within last 5 years, primary data article, full-text….etc.)

· As you did your search, what decisions did you make in refinement to get your required articles down to a reasonable number for review?

· What was your rationale for your decision to change from original search strategies?

Final Article