The aim of this assignment is for students to critically appraise a selected published randomised controlled trial (RCT) and to apply what is found to a clinical scenario.

You are the nursing representative on a working group that is providing advice to a Maternal and Child Health Centre on implementing a program designed to prevent infant sleep problems and postnatal depression. You volunteer to search the literature and find the following article:

Hiscock, H., Cook, F., Bayer, J., Le, H. N., Mensah, F., Cann, W., Symon, B., and St James-Roberts, I. (2014). Preventing Early Infant Sleep and Crying Problems and Postnatal Depression: A Randomized Trial. Pediatrics, 133(2), e346-e354. doi: 10.1542/peds.2013-1886

You wonder if the article is any good and whether the approach they take would be useful and suitable for your Maternal and Child Health Centre.

The aim of this assignment is for students to critically appraise a selected published randomised controlled trial (RCT) and to apply what is found to a clinical scenario. Students are required to complete the following activities.

Summarise the provided study using the PICOT framework
Critically appraise the validity of the study using an established framework Explain the primary study results
Relate appraised study evidence to the clinical scenario