week 2.1.1 505


Good afternoon class,

I will be using a quantitative approach for my evidence-based proposal. I believe that this approach will bethe best choice in identifying the needed information and measuring the strengths and preferences of myresearch that may suggest a result or will need further investigation. It will allow me to measure and explorethe relationship between the variables in my study.

Quantitative research as described by Polit & Hungler (2013), is a means for testing objective concepts and examining the quantifying relationship among variables. A variable that can be independent or dependent and can be controlled or changed during the study. Variables are things like time, performance and treatment. It attempts to establish important relationships, answers questions by measuring or describingsubjects and is based on unbiased measurement of observation or experimental (Hamer and Collinson2014). Sample of subjects can be humans or animals, and the relationship between variables is expressedby using statistics, associations, and occurrences.

The utilization of the quantitative approach for my evidence-based proposal will help me identify thevariables that may affect the levels of patients’ recognition and acknowledgment of the diagnosis. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), (2014) stated that the primary caremanagement of the early stage of chronic kidney disease is vital in the prevention of potential complicationsand improvement of health outcomes. The quantitative approach will focus on the patient’s awareness anduncertainty regarding education and referrals who may result in a better understanding of the effectiveintervention and implementation of the treatment plan.

Quantitative PICO: Are there significant changes in the laboratory levels of patients who received educationon self-management and lifestyle changes associated with renal disease versus those patients with noeducation over a 6- month period?

P- patients with renal disease

I- patient teaching and education

C- renal patients with no education on self-management and lifestyle change versus no education

O- improved renal associated laboratory levels over a 6-month period


Hamer, S., & Collinson, G. (2014). Achieving Evidence-Based Practice - A Handbook for Practice. Retrieved from http://bookdirectory. net/?p=312122 (accessed 25.11.14).

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). (2014). Chronic kidney disease: early identification and management of chronic kidney disease in adults in primary and secondary care (CG182). London: NICE

Polit, D.F. & Hungler, B.P. (2013). Essentials of Nursing Research: Methods, Appraisal, and Utilization (8th Edition ed.). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams and Wilkins