HLSC122 Inquiry in health care Assessment
Order Code: TV358
Question Task Id: 0
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Leah is a 21 year old health science’s student at an Australian university. She has travelled from
her home country (United States [US]) to study a semester in Australia. While living with three
other international students she has reported gaining weight particularly around her abdomen,
from not eating healthy meals, and not exercising regularly. Leah is enjoying living away from
home, socializing and going out to parties and experimenting with different mixed alcoholic
drinks and Australian take-away foods. At home in the US she enjoyed going to the gym
regularly, at least four times a week. However, whilst in Australia Leah has decided not to
participate in a gym, but rather spend her money elsewhere on social activities, such as going
out and partying. In her spare time Leah has casual employment to supplement her lifestyle in
Australia. She likes travelling and is not homesick. She would like to make changes to her
lifestyle which will have a long term positive impact on her weight and eating patterns. Leah
visits the university student health clinic and asks you (as a student undertaking placement
there) to provide guidance with respect to her health concerns. After your initial meeting with
Leah you locate two relevant research studies that you would like to critically evaluate for
The following PICO question is used for a systematic search:
In female university students does healthy eating compared to exercise lead to weight loss?
The following questions in Part A and Part B form the basis of your critical evaluation of each
research study. Please provide answers to all questions for each study.
Identify the strengths and weaknesses by critically evaluating the two research studies that
Leah found during her CINAHL search (Rogerson, Soltani & Copeland., 2016; Share et al., 2015).
a. Make a judgement regarding the authors’ expertise, qualifications and affiliations.
b. Are there grounds for conflict of interest related to the authors of the paper and the
2. Research Aims
a. What were the research question, aims or hypothesis (if stated)?
b. Explain how the authors justified the need for the study?
a. Examine the research methodology and methods used in the study?
b. Justify why the methodology and methods were appropriate to meet the aims of the
c. Who were the participants in the research study?
a. Discuss how the findings/results/conclusion answers the stated research question,
aim or hypothesis?
1. Discuss how Leah's personal circumstances may create a barrier for the application of
2. Discuss how closely the research aligns with the PICO question.