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Nursing & Allied Health

Research guide for Allied Health, ADN, BSN, and Human Services programs


To search effectively for your sources you will need to have some background knowledge. Try reading a couple background articles if your searches are not working well, then incorporate key terms from the articles into your searches.

It is unlikely that you will find what you need if you search for "human response to illness" or "behavioral elements" along with the condition you are researching. Rather, in your background reading you will find these elements discussed. Once you determine which specific element you want to explore your sources will be easier to find. Below are some examples in which I have listed search terms used in CINAHL and then I've linked an article on the topic. You will need to be logged in to access most of the articles.

The articles below are roughly in the style of APA 7th Edition but these boxes are designed to resize automatically based on the size of a reader's browser window so proper spacing and formatting are not demonstrated. Also, the links to the articles have been hyperlinked to the article titles which is not APA style.

1. Diabetes in African-Americans AND depression

Rita, R. K., Ji, N., Carnethon, M., Bertoni, A. G., Selvin, E., Gregg, E. W., Sims, M. & Sherita, H. G. (2017). Diabetes, depressive symptoms, and functional disability in African Americans: The Jackson Heart Study. Journal of Diabetes and its Complications, 31(8), 1259-1265. doi:http://10.1016/j.jdiacomp.2017.03.003

2. Opioid Withdrawal AND adherence

Balhara, Y. P. S., Singh, S., & Sarkar, S. (2019). Are the patients ready for the change? An empirical study to evaluate the impact of change in formulation of Buprenorphine-Naloxone on prescription pattern, treatment adherence, and patient satisfaction. Substance Use & Misuse, 54(2), 307–314. 10.1080/10826084.2018.1517799

3. Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome AND skin-to-skin contact > holding> babywearing

Williams, L. R., Gebler-Wolfe, M., Grisham, L. M., Bader, M. Y., & Cleveland, L. M. (2020). “Babywearing” in the NICU: An intervention for infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. Advances in Neonatal Care, 20(6), 440–449. 10.1097/ANC.0000000000000788

(request via InterLibrary Loan)

4. Liver disease and alcohol AND economic

Knapp, E. A., Bilal, U., Dean, L. T., Lazo, M., & Celentano, D. D. (2019). Economic insecurity and deaths of despair in US counties. American Journal of Epidemiology, 188(12), 2131–2139. https://doi.org/10.1093/aje/kwz103

5. Depression Post-CVA (changed terms)  stroke AND depression

(Limited results in CINAHL so I switched over to ScienceDirect and used the filters in the left sidebar to limit  the article type to "Research Articles" and "Nursing and Health Professions" as the Subject area)

Mirolovics, Á., Bokor, M., Dobi, B., Zsuga, J., & Bereczki, D. (2020). Socioeconomic factors predicting depression differ in the acute stage and at 1 year after ischemic stroke or TIA. Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases, 29(11), 105241. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2020.105241

6. ALS and end-of-life (changed terms) ALS AND palliative

Mitsuko Ushikubo. (2020). Circumstances in the last stage of life in patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis using noninvasive positive pressure ventilation. International Medical Journal, 27(2), 114–117.

7. Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)

MaGowan, N. (2020). Navigating through the uncharted territory of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C): What the pediatric clinical nurse must know. Pediatric Nursing, 46(6), 273–277.

8. Epigenetics AND childhood

Curtis, E. M., Suderman, M., Phillips, C. M., Relton, C., & Harvey, N. C. (2018). Early‐life dietary and epigenetic influences on childhood musculoskeletal health: Update on the UK component of the ALPHABET project. Nutrition Bulletin, 43(2), 158–173.  https://doi.org/10.1111/nbu.12322

Assignment Details

On your topic of interest you will need articles regarding human response to illness, touching on these 4 elements:

· Physiologic

· Pathophysiologic

· Experiential

· Behavioral

Evaluating the Evidence in an Article

For our activity in class you will be doing a very cursory evaluation of one of these three articles and assessing their usefulness for a specific patient. In your group you will work through the appropriate CASP checklist.

Which CASP Checklist is appropriate for these papers? Let's talk that through as a class then we will break into small groups to analyze the papers.

After the small group time you will be prepared to do a 3 minute report out of your group's experience and your best conclusion. 

Group One- Your patient is a 32 year old ER nurse diagnosed with PTSD and ulcers who has asked about non-pharmacological interventions.

Effect of traditional yoga, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy, on health related quality of life: a randomized controlled trial on patients on sick leave because of burnout.

Group Two- Your patient is 45 years old, recently diagnosed with Parkinson's, and has heard Tai Chi could help restore or maintain motor function. 

The impact of Tai Chi and Qigong mind-body exercises on motor and non-motor function and quality of life in Parkinson's disease: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Group Three-  Your patient is 23 and has Crohn's Disease. You are looking for an intervention to improve quality of life.

Characteristics of nursing interventions that improve the quality of life of people with chronic diseases. A systematic review with meta-analysis