A Critical Appraisal Of The Literature Essay

817 Words Jan 11th, 2016 4 Pages
This literature review will commence with the search strategy used to retrieve literature. A critical appraisal of the literature will be divided into two emergent themes of ‘Internal influences of when to commence weaning’ and ‘External influences of when to commence weaning’. To conclude, findings identified from the literature review will be outlined and recommendations on how they might inform practice will be discussed. Pseudonyms will be used throughout this essay to protect the identity of clients and organisations in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery (NMC) (2008) code of conduct.

1.2 Search strategy for literature review
Rycroft-Malone et al’s (2001) systematic method was used in accessing the research articles to review what influences mother’s decision on when to introduce complementary food to their infants. A search for articles relevant to weaning and introduction of complementary food was undertaken using the search terms ‘weaning’, ‘complementary food’, ‘guidelines’, ‘infants’, ‘feeding practices’, ‘solid food’ which were used singularly and in combination. The search was conducted by use of systematic electronic and manual search strategies using different databases such as CINNAL, EBSCO host, Science direct, Cochrane library and Google scholar. Truncated symbols and Boolean phrases such as “AND and OR were also used to enhance the value and number of articles. The search yielded 5896 articles that were relevant to the chosen topic and answered…

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