The Assignment:
Using the “Module 4 | Part 4” section of your Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Template presented in the Resources, conduct an analysis of the elements of the research article you identified. Be sure to include the following:

Your topic of interest.
A correctly formatted APA citation of the article you selected, along with link or search details.
Identify a professional practice use of the theories/concepts presented in the article.
Analysis of the article using the “Research Analysis Matrix” section of the template
Write a 1-paragraph justification stating whether you would recommend this article to inform professional practice.
Write a 2- to 3-paragraph summary that you will add to your Academic Success and Professional Development Plan that includes the following:

Describe your approach to identifying and analyzing peer-reviewed research.
Identify at least two strategies that you would use that you found to be effective in finding peer-reviewed research.
Identify at least one resource you intend to use in the future to find peer-reviewed research.Significantly improved neurocognitive function in major depressive disorders 6 weeks after ECT.


Mohn C
; Research Department, Vestre Viken Hospital Trust, Drammen, Norway. Electronic address:

Rund BR; Research Department, Vestre Viken Hospital Trust, Drammen, Norway; Department of Psychology, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway.


Journal of affective disorders
 [J Affect Disord] 2016 Sep 15; Vol. 202, pp. 10-5. Date of Electronic Publication: 2016 May 20.

Publication Type:

Journal Article



Journal Info:

Elsevier/North-Holland Biomedical Press 
Country of Publication: Netherlands NLM ID: 7906073 Publication Model: Print-Electronic Cited Medium: Internet ISSN: 1573-2517 (Electronic) Linking ISSN: 
NLM ISO Abbreviation: J Affect Disord Subsets: MEDLINE

Imprint Name(s):

Original Publication: Amsterdam, Elsevier/North-Holland Biomedical Press.

MeSH Terms:

Cognition Disorders

Depressive Disorder, Major
Electroconvulsive Therapy/*methods
Adult ; Attention ; Cognition Disorders
/etiology ; Cognition Disorders
/psychology ; 
Depressive Disorder, Major
/complications ; 
Depressive Disorder, Major
/psychology ; Female ; Follow-Up Studies ; Humans ; Male ; Memory ; Middle Aged ; Neuropsychological Tests ; Prospective Studies ; Treatment Outcome


Background: Cognitive side effects may occur after electroconvulsive treatment (ECT) in depressive disorder patients. Previous studies have been limited by small numbers of cognitive functions assessed. The present study reports the first results from a prospective project monitoring cognitive effects of ECT using a comprehensive neuropsychological test battery and subjective report of everyday cognitive function.
Methods: Thirty-one patients with major depressive disorder were assessed with the MATRICS Consensus Cognitive Battery (MCCB). Subjective cognitive complaints were described with the Everyday Memory Questionnaire (EMQ). Severity of depression symptoms were assessed with the Montgomery-Åsberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS). These assessments were performed prior to and 6 weeks after non-standardized ECT.
Results: Compared to baseline, the mean depression severity level was nearly halved and there were significant improvements in mean levels of Speed of Processing, Attention/Vigilance, and Visual Learning 6 weeks after ECT. The other cognitive domains were not altered from baseline. There was no significant change in subjective cognitive complaints. At baseline, there were several significant correlations between the MADRS and MCCB scores. There was no strong association between the EMQ and MCCB scores at either assessment point, but the post-ECT EMQ score was significantly correlated with depression severity.
Limitations: Major limitations were low N and lack of uniform ECT procedure.
Conclusions: There was significant improvement in Speed of Processing, AttentionWeek 4 | Part 4: Research Analysis

I have identified one topic of interest for further study. I have researched and identified one peer-reviewed research article focused on this topic and have analyzed this article. The results of these efforts are shared below.

Directions: Complete Step 1 by using the table and subsequent space below identify and analyze the research article you have selected. Complete Step 2 by summarizing in 2-3 paragraphs the results of your analysis using the space identified.

Step 1: Research Analysis

Complete the table below

Topic of Interest:

Research Article:
Include full citation in APA format, as well as link or search details (such as DOI)

Clarke, S. (2018). Do State Regulations on Nurse Staffing Make a Difference in ICU Outcomes? AJN The American Journal of Nursing, 118(12), 15.

Professional Practice Use:

One or more professional practice uses of the theories/concepts presented in the article

The significance of nurse staffing to provide high quality patient care.

Research Analysis Matrix

Add more rows if necessary

Strengths of the Research

Limitations of the Research

Relevancy to Topic of Interest


The research is concise.

Offers less information of ICU outcomes.

The topic explores on nursing staff.

It is educative.

The thesis statement is too broad.

The research reviews the background of the topic.

It is descriptive.

The thesis was poorly formulated.

The topic has identified nurse-sensitive outcomes.

Can be used to create research questions.

At some point the writer went off the topic.

The research provides a framework relating to patient care and safety.

Step 2: Summary of Analysis

Craft a summary (2-3 paragraph) below that includes the following:

0. Describe your approach to identifying and analyzing peer-reviewed research

0. Identify at least two strategies that you would use that you found to be effective in finding peer-reviewed research

0. Identify at least one resource you intend to use in the future to find peer-reviewed research

In the identifying and analyzing peer reviewed research, I first check on its reliability and accuracy. This is to ensure that the article is credible and safe for use. I then check if the article’s purpose is to provide further understanding on the topic. I will finally check on its structure that is format and length. This will help me anticipate on the discussions and findings.
To find an effective peer-reviewed the publication date has to be checked. This will identify the relevancy of the research. The strategy is checking on the author’s credentials on the peer-reviewed article. This will help in acknowledging the author during the research. I intend to use a webinar transcript in the future which will make me obtain a qual

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