The medical spa I work at has recently started offering platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments. Vendors state that PRP is a natural means of rejuvenating the skin. I wanted to see if I could find studies that support this claim. Du and Lei (2020) conducted a study assessing the molecular action of PRP on the skin. The study proved that PRP improves skin condition by increasing skin thickness and collagen and reducing hyperpigmentation, proving it is an effective antiaging treatment (Du & Lei, 2020). Everts et al. (2019) conducted a study testing the effectiveness of PRP on facial rejuvenation. The study revealed that PRP injections yield significant skin rejuvenation, proving to be a highly effective treatment for facial rejuvenation (Everts et al., 2019). I can now confidently suggest PRP injections for those seeking facial rejuvenation.

I searched by subject from the library homepage and picked nursing as the subject type. I then searched for articles using the keywords of platelet-rich plasma and rejuvenation. I filtered the search by limiting it to the last five years and peer-reviewed scholarly journals. Most scholarly journals are peer-reviewed (Walden University, n.d.). Databases most appropriate for a search in nursing include CINAHL, Embase, MEDLINE, Proquest, and PubMed (Walden University, n.d.). CINAHL and MEDLINE have many nursing-related peer-reviewed articles, evidence-based practice reports, case studies, and systematic reviews (Walden University, n.d.). Embase is a robust database for drug and pharmacology information (Walden University, n.d.). I filtered my search further to include all the above databases and Academic Search Complete. I included the Academic Search Complete database because it consists of peer-reviewed journals, conference papers, newspapers, and magazines on various subject matters (Walden University, n.d.).

A difficulty I experienced while searching for the article was that it is not always clear whether a source is primary or secondary. I had to read through some articles to determine if they were primary or secondary sources. A primary source is any material that documents original research, theory, ideas, or experiences (Walden University, 2022). Secondary sources typically review primary sources (Walden University, 2022). I would highly recommend the above databases as they would be helpful to other graduate nursing students or nurse researchers because they are focused on journals in the medical field.

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Du, R., & Lei, T. (2020). Effects of autologous platelet-rich plasma injections on facial skin rejuvenation. Experimental & Therapeutic Medicine, 19(4), 3024–3030.

Everts, P. A., Pinto, P. C., & Girão, L. (2019). Autologous pure platelet-rich plasma injections for facial skin rejuvenation: Biometric instrumental evaluations and patient-reported outcomes to support antiaging effects. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, 18(4), 985–995.

Walden University Library. (n.d.). Databases A-Z: Nursing. Retrieved September 17, 2022, from

Walden University Library. (n.d.). Evaluating resources: Journals. Retrieved September 17, 2022, from

Walden University. (2022). What are primary and secondary sources? Retrieved September 17, 2022, from


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Hello Kara,

Thank you for the information you provided through your search for evidence-based research. I have heard of treatments involving platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and was very curious to look into your selected article’s findings and to see it well supported by the literature. Thank you for bringing light to an excellent treatment option. Have you heard of these therapies utilized in biological dentistry, reproductive medicine, or orthopedics? What cool stuff! I am six months out from a surgical tendon and ligament repair and considering such a treatment to help my healing process. In briefly reviewing some of the research, I found an abstract that reported the following: there are tendons in the body that respond well to PRP and tendons that do not show a beneficial improvement with PRP (Filardo et al., 2018).

Additionally, thank you for giving a review of primary and secondary sources. Were you able to find if this was an area you could specify filter-wise while working on any of the databases you utilized? I would imagine that what could be done is to find a database that allows you to filter results so that only primary sources are retrieved, like journal articles. One could also filter by type of study, specifically those that are published by those persons doing the research.

Embase is not a database that I have utilized before. In learning more about it, I found that it is the second most popular database after MEDLINE and, because of its features, is a potential “one-stop” search engine for medical research (Oliveira, 2021).

Additionally, you described searching with Boolean techniques when explaining how you found your research, and also as a response to my initial post. Thank you for a reminder and re-education on this important step to search information set-up. The following is what I was able to review. Utilizing Boolean operators while searching a database can be crucial to focusing on a topic and retrieving more accurate search topics (Adams, n.d.). There are ways to utilize parenthesis or nesting and operators such as: and, or, not, to help define a search. Using truncation (an asterisk) helps extend a database search and discover additional retrievals if your word may have different endings. I plan to become more familiar with these techniques as a strategy to improve my database searches.

Before starting this course, I reviewed several papers I wrote during my Bachelor’s program regarding evidence-based research. I feel that I have forgotten much of what I learned regarding research analysis. I was very grateful to be focusing on research analysis this week, as I feel that this understanding is essential when reviewing research and evaluating literature to be used as a resource.


Adams, D. (n.d.). LibGuides: Literature Searching: Searching techniques: using Boolean.

Filardo, G., Di Matteo, B., Kon, E., Merli, G., & Marcacci, M. (2018). Platelet-rich plasma in tendon-related disorders: results and indications. Knee surgery, sports traumatology, arthroscopy : official journal of the ESSKA26(7), 1984–1999.

Oliveira, I. de. (2021). Literature searches: What databases are available? Students 4 Best Evidence.

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Using the
Walden Library

Where can
you find evidence to inform your thoughts and scholarly writing? Throughout
your degree program, you will use research literature to explore ideas, guide
your thinking, and gain new insights. As you search the research literature, it
is important to use resources that are peer-reviewed and from scholarly
journals. You may already have some favorite online resources and databases
that you use or have found useful in the past. For this Discussion, you explore
databases available through the Walden Library.

To Prepare:

Review the
information presented in the Learning Resources for using the Walden Library,
searching the databases, and evaluating online resources.

searching for a peer-reviewed article that pertains to your practice area and
interests you.


Week 8 Discussion

for Academic Portfolios

In the
realm of marketing, a successful branding strategy is one of the most important
contributors to organizational success. A solid branding strategy can help add
visibility and credibility to a company’s products.

nurse-scholars can build a personal brand to add visibility and credibility to
their work. You can begin building your brand by developing and maintaining an
academic portfolio. Such an activity can help share the results of your efforts
and contribute to your success. This Module’s Discussion asks you to consider
and share strategies for building your portfolio.

To Prepare:

Reflect on
strategies that you can pursue in developing portfolios or portfolio elements
that focus on academic achievements.

Review one
or more samples from your own research of resources focused on portfolio

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