Article Review/Critique: Paper & Presentation

APA Format Handout.docx

This assignment is intended to encourage the student to think critically regarding information found in professional journals. Many times our patients will ask our opinion regarding oral health concepts or oral hygiene aids. It is our responsibility to educate patients and to be able to provide sound scientific data that supports our recommendations and treatment plans. It is important to keep up to date on new information throughout our career in order to provide evidence-based patient care and to critique information as to its sound clinical relevance.

1. Choose a topic that is related to topics covered in this class:

(Here is some topics we have covered in class)

Ultrasonic Instrumentation

Air Abrasives

Oral irrigation/chemotherapeutics/medicaments

Intra Oral Photography

Scaling and Root Planing

Alternative Fulcrums

Maintenance Care

A collection of journals will be provided, or you can do your own search. Peer-reviewed journal articles and information from the ADA or FDHA are the most reliable. RDH Magazine is not a peer-reviewed journal. Others to consider are: Journal of Dental Hygiene, Access, Journal of Periodontology, Dimensions, Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice, and JADA (J of the American Dental Assoc)

2. Give a brief introduction, then summarize findings presented in the article

3. State your opinion on the strengths and weaknesses of the article and the author

Is the author credentialed and reliable? Are there any conflicts of interest identified based on the author’s credentials or affiliations? Check for reliable references and if studies were done, critique the methodology: was the sample size large enough and randomly selected in order to be carried over to represent the general population? In your opinion is the information reliable and evidence-based? Are the references quoted reliable, and is the information consistent with the class information and textbooks?

4. In your opinion, is the information reliable enough to be clinically relevant /can it be applied to the clinical practice of dental hygiene? Support your opinion by stating why or why not.

5. Format/Length: APA format with 1 inch margins, double-spaced, and 12 point Times New Roman font. Length: 2-4 pages (not including title, abstract, and reference page). APA format requires an Abstract, Running Head, In-text citations, and a Reference Page. Please use FSW’s writing center or “Owl Purdue” website for reliable APA format resources. There is also a handout provided above that summarizes APA format. Your paper should be organized with a clear introduction, body, and conclusion. This assignment also includes a brief (5 minute) presentation of findings to the class.

PLEASE SEE RUBRIC FOR GRADING CRITERIA

Rubric

Article Critique Rubric

Article Critique Rubric

Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeOrganizationIntroduction: 1 paragraph introducing topic and summarizing what will be covered in your paper Body: Several paragraphs of review/critique of article Conclusion: 1 paragraph that summarizes conclusions made and closes the paper

15.0 pts

Paper is organized with a clear introduction, body, and conclusion

10.0 pts

Paper is somewhat organized, but lacks a clear intro, body, and/or conclusion

5.0 pts

Paper is unorganized: lacks a clear introduction, body and conclusion

15.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeCourse-Related TopicTopic covered in this class

15.0 pts

Topic is related to this course

10.0 pts

Topic is somewhat related to this course

5.0 pts

Topic is not related to this course

15.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeCritique of ArticleCritique needs to include: summary of findings, whether or not the author has any conflict of interest, whether or not the information gained is based on sound evidence and can be used in the clinical practice of dental hygiene. For more details and written requirements see “Assignment” section.

15.0 pts

Article critique follows all aspects of the written requirements for this assignment (see “view longer description” for details)

10.0 pts

Article critique lacks one aspect of written requirements for this assignment

5.0 pts

Article lacks more than one aspect of the written requirements for this assignment

15.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeGrammarIncludes spelling, grammar, proper use of commas, paragraphs and sentence formation.

15.0 pts

0-2 errors in grammar

10.0 pts

3-4 errors in grammar

5.0 pts

5 or more errors in grammar

15.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeFormatting/APA1 inch margins, double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12-point font. Use proper APA format for: Title Page, Running Head, Abstract, 2-4 page Body with in-text citations, and separate Reference Page.

15.0 pts

0-1error in formatting or APA

10.0 pts

2-3 errors in formatting or APA

5.0 pts

4 or more errors in formatting or APA

15.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeClass PresentationYour brief presentation (5min. + or – 1min.) should summarize topic, identify any author bias, and identify evidence based relevance to clinical practice.

25.0 pts

Presentation is 5 minutes (+ or – 1minute) and includes summary of article, author bias, and evidence-based clinical relevance

20.0 pts

Presentation has 1-2 errors in length, summary, author bias, or in providing evidence-based clinical relevance

10.0 pts

Presentation has 3 or more errors in length, summary, author bias, or in providing evidence-based clinical relevance

25.0 pts

Total Points: 100.0

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