Instructions:Find a total of 20 sources (5 must be data sources) to be used for your Health Policy Analysis Thesis.
Health Policy Analysis Topic (what problem are you trying to solve?)
Using a concept map can help focus your literature review and develop search strategies. The Subject of the Experiment is your Health Policy Analysis Problem. Brainstorm the different ways to think about your topic.
Subject of Experiment
Descriptors (subject terms in databases)
Theories and Methods
Setting or Situation
Suggestion for sources! (Business Source Complete, ABI/Inform Collection,, MEDLINE).
1.Identify what terms to search. Think of synonyms. What terms best describe your problem? Add these terms to your concept map. This step will help you define and limit the scope of your topic. Write down the terms.
2.Identify at least 1 agency that provides data on this problem. Use the data sources located in the to find out. Put the source in APA.
3.Find 20 sources related to your problem statement. Five of the sources must include data.
4.Create an annotated bibliography. Requirements include:
Proper APA reference.
Summary of each source in your own words.
Your annotations will be evaluated on the following:
A proper APA citation.
A brief summary of the source in your own words. The summary should include at minimum:
A sentence regarding the methodology used in the study.
A sentence regarding the conclusions found.
One or two sentences of what you perceive to be the strengths and weaknesses of the source.
A sentence regarding why the source is relevant to the problem in your thesis.
Information about the author’s background.
The Data sources will be evaluated on this additional information:
A sentence regarding the methodology used for data studies. If you are using raw data, explain how the data was collected.
Describe the type of data. Is it quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods? Prof. W./G. are looking for quantitative data.
If it is a study, describe the type of research (observational, experimental, interview, etc
Describe the type of study (observational vs. experimental, longitudinal vs. cross-sectional, etc.).
Is this a descriptive study or a study involving hypothesis testing in which statistical tests were used?
What are the key variables that were measured or tested? (disease prevalence, score of the experimental test, total cost, etc.)
A sentence regarding how this data is relevant to your health policy analysis thesis.
A sentence on where you will use this data source in your thesis (background, landscape, options, recommendation, conclusion).
The table below may help you organize your thoughts.
|Citation||Purpose||Type, Method &
Data Source (Sample)
|Variables collected or tested||Theory,
Framework, Statistics Used
|Relationship to Topic|
|Write down key citation information now, so you have it for later.||What is the authors purpose in writing this work?||Is this a descriptive study or ? How was this research conducted? How did they collect data?||What approach does the author use to understand, explain, or make predictions about the subject matter?||What are the findings of the study?||What are flaws or limitations of the study?|
|EXAMPLE: Bear, M., Brunell, M. L., & Covelli, M. (2010). Using a Nursing Framework to Establish a Nurse-Managed Senior Health Clinic.Journal of ,14(4), 225-235. http://dx.doi.org/10.1207/s15327655jchn1404_2||Describe the development and evaluation of a new Senior Health Clinic.||Case Study
Senior Health Clinic
Descriptive study (no group comparison)
|1.Patients characteristics (demographic ,medical and social determinants)
2.Health outcome : Client satisfactio
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