Assignment 1—Research Paper Critique

Please select any nursing research article from any one of the scientific journals found in the Nursing-Related Data-bases and Reseach Journals list. Select an article from an area that you are interested in or from the field you are working in. Using the article selected, construct a critique of the article, 6 to 10 pages (including cover page and references).

The critique should

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identify the problem statement or statement of purpose of the article

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describe the participants being studied, stating inclusion and exclusion criteria

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discuss the sampling issues, such as probability or nonprobability and number of subjects used

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identify the study setting—where data collection occurred

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discuss informed consent—whether the participants were fully informed, how their consent was obtained, and any other ethical considerations

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identify the hypothesis or research question

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identify the research design—for example, experimental or nonexperimental; descriptive, exploratory, explanatory, or predictive?

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identify research variables, both independent and dependent

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comment the on article’s literature review—how the study data were analyzed (what statistical measures were used)

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describe the results of the study and appropriateness of the methods used; include study limitations

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accurately critique comments on level of evidence used, nursing theory, and implications for nursing practice or research

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discuss how the research findings can be applied to the clinical area

The following resources, in the week 4 Learning Resources section of the LEO classroom, will provide helpful guidelines for constructing a critique of a nursing research article.

Video

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Framework for how to read and critique a research study: Research Article Critique.  

Articles

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Vance, D. E., Talley, M., Azuero, A., Pearce, P. F., & Christian, B. J. (2013). Conducting an article critique for a quantitative research study: perspectives for doctoral students and other novice readersNursing: Research and Reviews, 3: 67–75.

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Cronin, P., Ryan, F., & Coughlan, M. (2008). Undertaking a literature review: a step-by-step approachBritish Journal of Nursing, 17(1): 38-43.

The week 4 Learning Resources page lists resources that provide several guidelines for constructing a critique of a nursing research article you may find helpful. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your instructor.

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