Week 9 discussion Data Analysis—Small Group Discussion
As a nurse engaged in evidence-based practice, it is important to recognize how statistics and other
data analysis tools are used to generate and assess evidence. Most nurses need only a foundational understanding of statistical tools and terminology to understand the majority of research studies. As a nurse, you should be able to recognize the most commonly used statistical tests, how and when they are used, and how significance is determined.
In this Discussion, you examine
different types of statistics and statistical tests, when and why these particular
tests would be selected for use, and, most importantly, what the results
indicate. To this end, you will be assigned to a group by Day 1 of this week.
Each group will be assigned one of the five chapters listed in this week’s
Learning Resources and will develop a study sheet on their chapter that will be
shared with the other groups.
Review the information in your
As a group, develop a 1-page
study sheet that includes the following:
The key concepts of the chapter:
Focus on the basic concepts that are important for nurses to understand as they
review research studies.
A description of the statistical
methods covered in the chapter, what they measure, and under what circumstances
they are used. Identify examples of how the statistical methods have been used
in research studies.
An explanation of the key
statistical tests and how they measure significance (if applicable).
Note: This should be a
collaborative effort, with each member of the group making contributions to the
design and content of the study sheet. Use the Groups link on the left
navigation bar to collaborate with your group. When you have developed your
1-page study sheet, select one member to post it to the Week 9 Discussion Forum
so that the rest of your colleagues can access it.
By Day 5
Post your group’s study sheet.
Discuss why it is important for nurses to understand the basics of these
Read a selection of your
By Day 6
Respond to at least two other
groups on two different days using one or more of the following approaches:
Ask a probing question,
substantiated with additional background information, and evidence.
Share an insight from having read
your colleagues’ postings, synthesizing the information to provide new