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-image or symbolic representation of an abstract idea
-describes and names an object or phenomenon abstractly
-set of 2 or more interrelated concepts that present a systematic view of a phenomenon for the purpose of explaining and making predictions
-abstract/logical structure of meaning that guides the development of a study
-basis for development of research questions or hypotheses
-often illustrated in a diagram
-consists of concepts pulled together as a map for a study
-system of ideas synthesized to guide a study
-structure of concepts that exists (tested) and is a ready made map for a study
-identifies and states underlying assumptions of a study
-specifies relationships amont and between concepts
-comparable to dictionary definition but goes beyond
-provides theoretical meaning of a variable or concept
-method used to measure a concept
-specifies how the concept will be measured and procedures and operations necessary to measure it
-when a concept is linked to a measurement it is a variable
-develop the knowledge foundation necessary to design a sound study
-generates research questions and hypotheses
researcher lit review
-identifies a theoretical or conceptual framework
-discovers what is known and not known to refine the research ?
-assists in the design and methods to be used
-allows interpretation and discussion
consumer lit review
-identifies, gathers, critically appraises and synthesizes evidence
-assesses the usefulness of the evidence in changing practice
-develops evidence based practice projects
-written by the person who conducted the study, developed the theory, or prepared a scholarly discussion
-should constitute most of the lit review
-sources write about or present another author's original work
-good for beginners
peer reviewed/ refereed journal
-panel of scholars review submitted manuscripts
-review are blind to promote objectivity
literature review should...
-develop a strong knowledge base
-determine what is known and unknown
-determine gaps, consistencies, and inconsistencies
-generate useful research ?s
-determine an appropriate research design, methods, and analysis for answering the research ?s
-determine the need for replication of a study
-generate clinical ?s that guide dvelopment of EBP
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