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Literature Review Drafting


            Literature reviews form part of most academic research papers. They are sections of research papers that detail critical points about the current knowledge and methodology already used in certain topical areas of research. They form part of secondary sources of information and as such do not contain any original and new information in a certain topic of research. These sections usually appear on research papers before research proposal sections and results section. Literature reviews bring readers up to date with present information and research results in a certain topic and helps to form a basis for future studies or research that may be necessary along these lines. Literature reviews should not be biased. They should be logical in structuring the information sequentially and with relevant referencing.

 Preparation of a literature review draft

            Preparing a literature review draft offers the writer a clear outline to follow when conducting the research as well as when writing up the research report. There are two applicable tools in the writing of a literature review. These are a literature outline template and literature map. In this case I will employ the use of an outline template. That generally divides the topics to be covered into main topics and sub-topics under the main topics. The flow of the outline will form the basis of how the paper will be structured as well as how the research shall flow (Cone & Foster, 2006).

 Review of the literature

            The research topic under consideration in this research assignment involves a research about the home health care industry. Research involves finding out about the structure and organization of the home health care industry. It also involves operational and financial structures, rules, legislation and regulations that pertain to home health care as well as advancements in the industry of home health care. Additionally, the paper also reviews all types of service providers in the industry as well as factors that affect the growth and advance of the home care health industry.

 Topics and Sub-topics

$11.      Home health care delivery structure.

$1a.       Public sector delivery and involvement.

$1b.      Private sector delivery and involvement.

$1c.       Community delivery and involvement.

$12.      Home health care rules, regulations and statutes.

$13.      Home health care financing and sources of funds.

$1a.       Federal and county fund sources.

$1b.      Private funding.

1. a. Personal direct funding.

2. b. Insurance based funding.

 4. Types of home health care services offered under the home health care delivery structure.

a. Physician home care.

b. Nursing home care.

c. Physical, occupational and speech therapy.

d. Medical social services.

e. Care from home health aides.

f. Companionship.

g. Volunteer care.

h. Nutritional support.

i. laboratory and x-ray imaging.

j. pharmaceutical services.

k. transportation.

l. home-delivered meals.

5. Home health care professionals.

                        a. Home health aides.

                        b. Medical social workers.

                        c. Home care nurses.

                        d. Home care professionals (physical, occupational and speech therapists).

 6. Types of long-term home health care services.

            a. Nursing homes

            b. Hospices.

            c. Board and care homes.

 7. Factors affecting growth and provision of home health care services.

a. Individual impedance.

b. Legislation and regulatory related impedance.

c. Documentation and bureaucratic impedance.

 8. Home health care reforms being carried out at the moment or those that are underway in the government.

            a. Cost related reforms.

            b. Coverage related reforms.

            c. Financial related reforms.

 9. Future of the home health care industry.


Cone, J. D., and Foster, S. L. (2006). Dissertations and theses from start to finish: Psychology and related fields (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association (APA).


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