Approximate word count included beneath each section
No more than 1 side of A4
To include: aims, reason for choice of topic, method of lit search, critical review of the literature chosen and implications for practice
Leave this until last!!
Bibliography (if used)
Not in word count
Introduction and background
Reasons for your choice of topic including an overview of the main drivers for change– political, social, recent research etc.
What is the current situation?
Do you suspect there is a problem? Why?
Some reference to the literature is expected
750- 1,000 words
Method of literature search
Overview of databases used, search terms, “hits”, revised search terms, number of sources finally chosen. A table in your appendix may summarise this neatly.
Sources of books and journals (no need to list them here!)
Other sources e.g. verbal, local Trust policies, professional guidelines, Government documents etc.
Critical Literature review
Critically review the literature related to your topic to evidence base for Midwifery practice
Sources included in your reviewshould be critically and comparatively analysed in depth, identifying and discussing the emergent themes
Evaluate evidence from the lit in relation to your local policies and practice as well as in relation to government policies
Present a clearly set out picture of the conclusions drawn for practice – does practice need to change on your site or have you concluded that practice is indeed evidence based?
Make it quite clear what you are proposing and how this will be implemented in practice
Illustrations, graphs, plans, tools etc. may be included – may go in appendix
Summarise the literature review, identifying clearly what the issue was that led you to search the evidence and how you went about it.
Identify the main areas of practice that you have explored and summarise your literature review, bringing together the various aspects to give a clear picture as to how practice should now proceed
Identify any limitations of your search / review and how these might be addressed especially highlighting any gaps in the current available evidence that may require further research
Not in word count