DNP Discussion Reply: Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a degree that requires a student to assess for evidence-based literature and to help translate the findings into practice for better patient care and outcomes…
DNP Discussion Reply
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a degree that requires a student to assess for evidence-based literature and to help translate the findings into practice for better patient care and outcomes. With this said, it is vital to know how to appropriately assess evidence-based information to ensure the legitimacy of information (Dearholt & Dang, 2021).
For this discussion, the topic selected as a clinical problem would be anxiety disorders. I chose this topic because, as a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, about 99% of the patients I see struggle with anxiety alongside their mental health diagnosis. Anxiety is a debilitating disease that targets both genders, but women are diagnosed two times more than men (Bandelow, Michaelis, & Wedekind, 2017).
Anxiety is a huge comorbid in various psychiatric conditions and part of anyone’s life. I went straight to the websites that I have trusted throughout my nursing career in search of my clinical problem, and they are PubMed®, Google Scholar, and the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL). Another site explored is The Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Looking through The Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), their information is up to date. For example, the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine has topics on how anxiety is affected by the COVID-19 pandemic (Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, n.d.). This is an intriguing topic because we are facing this pandemic right now, and it has been known to impact patients who struggle with mental health issues.
For AHRQ, although some of the information about anxiety is outdated, I can see at the end of the website that it has been updated in 2021 and reviewed (This proves that information is as up-to-date as possible. For PubMed®, Google Scholar, and the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), I find several pieces of literature in terms of anxiety but to ensure legitimacy, I need to make sure they are peer-reviewed. To explain discrepancies, it is important to take note of the author’s credentials, date of publication, any references utilized for the information, who the audience/readers are, if the evidence is cited in the investigation, and if there are any biases (Texas Gateway for Online Resources (n.d.).