Discussion: Survival in Cancer  Patients

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Discussion: Survival in Cancer  Patients

Discussion: Survival in Cancer  Patients

Discussion: Survival in Cancer  Patients

Question Description
Using each source attached write an 8 page research paper on the topic: How religiosity/spirituality affect the quality of life as well as survival in cancer patients.

Follow these directions:

A little over half of your paper (4-5 pages) should be devoted to the summary of the literature on your topic. You should include at least 11 peer-reviewed sources (these files are attached). Don’t just list the main findings of each study one by one, try to integrate the findings and critically review the research. For example, it might be that three studies found the same thing, so you could summarize the main ideas from all three together. When critically reviewing the research, describe what you think were some of the main ideas, limitations, or strengths from the research as a whole. This should represent your own ideas. In this section, I am looking for integration, synthesis, and critical analysis.

In the next section of your paper (2-3 pages), you will be translating the research you read to improving health in the real-world. How can you use the research to design an intervention for improving health in your community? You should notjust restate what another study did, but take it to the next level, describe how you would do it differently and why, make a case for why your plan for change represents is the best direction for impacting health out in the real-world. Be creative! For example, if you reviewed cell-phone based interventions to prevent smoking initiation among adolescents and found that the interventions were only somewhat helpful, this is your chance to describe a plan that you believe would work better based on the limitations of the studies you reviewed. Some things to consider: What were the biggest shortcomings of the research you reviewed and how would you improve on these shortcomings? How could you apply what you learned in your literature review to improve health in the real-world?

A suggested outline for the paper is as follows:

Introduction (1 page or less)Background and introduction to your topic. Some things to include:i.Disease or prevalence rates in your population; Who is affected?; How prevalent is it?
ii.Introduce your specific topic; Explain why your topic is important
*** Background articles used in the Intro should not be used in Section II, Lit Review
Literature review (4-5 pages)Summary, synthesis and critical analysis of the researchi.Include at least 11 references
ii.Integrate and synthesize the results of the 11 studies you have read
iii.Identify the strengths and weaknesses of the literature you read (in your own words!)
Translating research into practice: developing a plan to improve health (2-3 pages)Describe your plan to improve healthi.Drawing from the research you reviewed, design a plan to impact the health outcome you chose. What would it look like? Where/how would you implement it?
ii.Consider: What were the biggest shortcomings of the research you reviewed and how would you improve on these shortcomings in designing your own plan for change? How could you apply what you learned in your literature review to improve health in the real-world?

You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.

Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.

Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.

The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.


Discussion Questions (DQ)

Initial responses to the DQ should address all components of the questions asked, include a minimum of one scholarly source, and be at least 250 words.
Successful responses are substantive (i.e., add something new to the discussion, engage others in the discussion, well-developed idea) and include at least one scholarly source.
One or two sentence responses, simple statements of agreement or “good post,” and responses that are off-topic will not count as substantive. Substantive responses should be at least 150 words.
I encourage you to incorporate the readings from the week (as applicable) into your responses.
Weekly Participation

Your initial responses to the mandatory DQ do not count toward participation and are graded separately.
In addition to the DQ responses, you must post at least one reply to peers (or me) on three separate days, for a total of three replies.
Participation posts do not require a scholarly source/citation (unless you cite someone else’s work).
Part of your weekly participation includes viewing the weekly announcement and attesting to watching it in the comments. These announcements are made to ensure you understand everything that is due during the week.
APA Format and Writing Quality

Familiarize yourself with APA format and practice using it correctly. It is used for most writing assignments for your degree. Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for APA paper templates, citation examples, tips, etc. Points will be deducted for poor use of APA format or absence of APA format (if required).
Cite all sources of information! When in doubt, cite the source. Paraphrasing also requires a citation.
I highly recommend using the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.
Use of Direct Quotes

I discourage overutilization of direct quotes in DQs and assignments at the Masters’ level and deduct points accordingly.
As Masters’ level students, it is important that you be able to critically analyze and interpret information from journal articles and other resources. Simply restating someone else’s words does not demonstrate an understanding of the content or critical analysis of the content.
It is best to paraphrase content and cite your source.
LopesWrite Policy

For assignments that need to be submitted to LopesWrite, please be sure you have received your report and Similarity Index (SI) percentage BEFORE you do a “final submit” to me.
Once you have received your report, please review it. This report will show you grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors that can easily be fixed. Take the extra few minutes to review instead of getting counted off for these mistakes.
Review your similarities. Did you forget to cite something? Did you not paraphrase well enough? Is your paper made up of someone else’s thoughts more than your own?
Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for tips on improving your paper and SI score.
Late Policy

The university’s policy on late assignments is 10% penalty PER DAY LATE. This also applies to late DQ replies.
Please communicate with me if you anticipate having to submit an assignment late. I am happy to be flexible, with advance notice. We may be able to work out an extension based on extenuating circumstances.
If you do not communicate with me before submitting an assignment late, the GCU late policy will be in effect.
I do not accept assignments that are two or more weeks late unless we have worked out an extension.
As per policy, no assignments are accepted after the last day of class. Any assignment submitted after midnight on the last day of class will not be accepted for grading.

Communication is so very important. There are multiple ways to communicate with me:Questions to Instructor Forum: This is a great place to ask course content or assignment questions. If you have a question, there is a good chance one of your peers does as well. This is a public forum for the class.
Individual Forum: This is a private forum to ask me questions or send me messages. This will be checked at least once every 24 hours.

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