Allied Health: Literature Reviews

Allied Health: Literature Reviews


George is a recent graduate from NKU’s allied health department. He remembers the first time his professor assigned a literature
review. It was part of a final research project. He wondered, “what is a literature
review?” Should he read a bunch of classic novels and review them? Not at all. A
literature review involves locating, reading, and analyzing a variety of
information sources related to a research topic. In a research paper, the
purpose of the literature review is to provide context to the research question
by telling the reader about previous research studies conducted, theories
developed, or best practices. In healthcare, the literature review guides
evidence-based practice and helps professionals, scholars, and students
identify areas for further research. As a student in the allied health
department, George would consult the literature to guide the development of his own
research questions. Learning about the research that has
already been done on a topic helps students understand what other scholars
agree and disagree about, and where they think more research needs to be done. For
example, George wrote a paper in his research class about respiratory
complications following anesthesia. He used the library databases to find
several articles from health professionals who had conducted research on the topic. In gathering multiple sources, George
listened to multiple perspectives and realized there was some debate and gaps
in the research. For example, few studies examined non-invasive ventilation and
researchers presented different opinions on whether or not the method should be used. George took this information and decided
to focus his research around the issue. In doing so, it’s not enough to simply
summarize the literature, he also had to add his own voice to the paper and
explain whether or not he thought the treatment was a good idea to. He used the
work of others to build on his own knowledge of the topic and then
developed his own thoughts. Being able to combine information from multiple
sources for help, will help you not only present information in a research paper,
but also as you make sense of problems and develop health care solutions. In the
end, George understood the purpose of gathering all resources was to provide
context for his own paper. But he also realized the information he read not only
expanded his own knowledge on the topic, but helped him identify information gaps
where additional research may be needed. Created using Pawtoon.

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