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HSA 4700 Literature Review Guidelines Spring 2020


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Literature Review:(150 points)

Each student will submit a 2,000 to 2,500 word, single-spaced (Times New Roman font and 1-inch margins) literature review of 4 health services research studies focused on patient satisfaction published in a peer-reviewed journal. You may choose the same topic as your team project, but not the same articles as team members. The criteria for the analysis will be distributed to each student.


[Note: For these guidelines, in some sections, I have quoted directly some of the steps from Galvan, J. (2006). Writing literature reviews: a guide for students of the behavioral sciences (3rd ed.). Glendale, CA: Pyrczak Publishing.]What is a literature review? It focuses on a specific topic of interest to you and includes a critical analysis of the relationship among different works. It is a stand-alone paper. Your paper should include the following sections: Introduction, Methods/Results, and Discussion/Conclusion. Introduction SectionStep 1: Decide on a topic you may choose a topic that is of personal interest or you may choose a topic associated with your team project. If the latter, you may not use the same articles as anyone else in your team. For the introduction, I need to know the topic, the keywords you used, and a brief list of the four articles you will be reviewing. An example of a list: In this literature review, I will discuss four articles focused on nursing home management: Davis (2005); Castle and Peterson (2016); Mor, Zinn, and Holl (2010); and Zinn, Brown, Castle, et al. (2007).

Methods/Results Section
Step 3: Write your Methodology Section

In the Methods section of the paper answer the following questions for each article:

  1. What is the purpose of the research? How does each article differ from the others?


  1. What is the problem the authors are trying to address in this study? How does the problem differ by article?


  1. Briefly summarizes the litcra1urc review or introduc1ion of each article. After reading what have you learned about the problem that the four articles arc seeking to study’!


  1. What are the research hypotheses or questions by article?


  1. Which articles are qualitative and which are quantitative? Which is descriptive,  exploratory. or explanatory?


  1. What population or subjects will the authors include in their study?  ls, the method of collecting the sample clearly explained? How many subjects are included in the study?


  1. Describe the instrument (i.e. is it a survey/questionnaire, interviews, observations, literature review, etc.)? If stated. what is the reliability and/or validity?


  1. What limitations do the authors mention?


  1. What were the findings or conclusions of each study?  Do they make sense to you? Why or why not? What suggestions did the authors make for further research in the problem area?


Discussion/Conclusion Section

The discussion is a brief summary of the overall results. In your discussion/conclusion section. compare and contrast the findings of the four articles:

  1. How did each confirm ocher research and what unique finding do they highlight?
  2. What questions do you have that were not answered?
  3. What are your overall thoughts on the four articles?


  1. Excluding the title page and the paper should be between 2.000 and 2.500 words.