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Assignment

Library Visit:  Research Assignment

  1.  Choose 2 different research studies from peer-reviewed medical journals concerning a topic that interest that involves physical therapy from the last 10 years.  Here are some examples of topics but there are many, many, many others!:
  • Total joint replacement
  • Gait among community dwelling adults
  • Early intervention treatment for the pediatric patient
  • Use of prosthetic/orthotic devices
  • Compliance with exercise programs
  • PT/PTA Education
  1. You must submit the paper found at the end of the syllabus along with a copy of the journal abstracts (usually found on the first page of the study). 
  2. The final paper will include: 
    • Summary of different studies – compare and contrast findings as well as the methodologies
    • Contributions to the profession – what is interesting and new
    • Limitations of the studies
    • Citing in the paper and references must be done in AMA style using quotations for direct quotes
    • It will be will be 3-4 pages, double spaced with a 12-14 pt font

Parts of a Research Article

Abstract
A short summary of the study; usually describes methods and findings very briefly

Introduction/Background
Discusses the problem(s) addressed in the article and gives background information

Literature Review
Summarizes previous studies on this topic and identifies any trends or gaps

Hypothesis
A prediction of the study's results made by the researchers based on what they already know

Methods/Methodology
Detailed information about how the study was conducted; Discusses procedures, materials, who participated

Results
Data collected during the study, usually presented with charts or graphs

Discussion/Conclusion
Analysis of the results; Thoughts on the outcome of the study and thoughts on whether further research is needed

References
Sources used by the author(s) to conduct the study or the literature review