Credibility of Information
Credibility of information is vital for safe decision-making in any industry. Naturally, in the healthcare field, use of credible information is a must in order for healthcare leaders and managers to ensure that quality and safe care is given to individuals as well as to a community as a whole. How well an article is written and the presence of proper research methods help us determine if sources are reputable. To add, mistakes such as spelling and grammar can help determine credibility. Face validity matters; research/data needs to make sense and if it doesn’t, more analysis is needed. It is important that results correlate with the researcher’s original hypothesis (reason for the research). If an article seems to lead to no specific conclusion, further research needs to be done. If conclusions drawn are not related to the original hypothesis, whether they support or refute the hypothesis, then proper research steps (The Scientific Method) might not have been followed and the article might not be credible. Healthcare leaders never want to be in a position to explain why decisions were made or policies were written using data that is questionable.
Discussion Questions: Before beginning work on this discussion forum, please review the link “Doing Discussion Questions Right” and any specific instructions for this topic. Before the end of the week, begin commenting on at least two of your classmates’ responses. You can ask technical questions or respond generally to the overall experience. Be objective, clear, and concise. Always use constructive language, even in criticism, to work toward the goal of positive progress. Submit your responses in the Discussion Area.
Please research and thoroughly discuss the following questions; support your answers with direct quotes or paraphrases from credible sources.
- Give at least five characteristics of a credible author.
- Give at least five characteristics of a credible website.
- What are at least three “red flags” to consider when determining credibility of information?
- Please research the South University Library and other credible online resources to find three healthcare research studies. Analyze the studies for credibility and discuss your analysis.
To support your work, use your course and textbook readings and also use the South University Online Library. As in all assignments, cite your sources in your work and provide references for the citations in APA format.
Submit your document to this Discussion Area by the due date assigned. Be sure to cite your sources using APA format.
Respond to your peers throughout the week. Justify your answers with examples, research, and reasoning. Follow-up posts need to be submitted by the end of the week. Use the following rubric as a guide to complete your discussion responses.