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HLSC122: The weight-loss experience – Health Care Assignment

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 takeaway 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 quality.


1) Identify the strengths and weaknesses by critically evaluating the two research studies that Leah found during her CINAHL search

2) a. What were the research question, aims or hypothesis (if stated)? 
b. Explain how the authors justified the need for the study?

3) 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 study? 
c. Who were the participants in the research study?

4) 1. Discuss how Leah’s personal circumstances may create a barrier for the application of evidence. 
2. Discuss how closely the research aligns with the PICO question.

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