Assignment 1—Research Paper Critique (Due Week 4 – 25% of final grade)

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 identify the problem statement or statement of purpose of the article describe the participants being studied, stating inclusion and exclusion criteria discuss the sampling issues, such as probability or nonprobability and number of subjects used identify the study setting—where data collection occurred discuss informed consent—whether the participants were fully informed, how their consent was obtained, and any other ethical considerations identify the hypothesis or research question identify the research design—for example, experimental or nonexperimental; descriptive, exploratory, explanatory, or predictive? identify research variables, both independent and dependent comment the on article’s literature review—how the study data were analyzed (what statistical measures were used) describe the results of the study and appropriateness of the methods used; include study limitations accurately critique comments on level of evidence used, nursing theory, and implications for nursing practice or research 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 Framework for how to read and critique a research study: Research Article Critique. Articles 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 readers. Nursing: Research and Reviews, 3: 67–75. Cronin, P., Ryan, F., & Coughlan, M. (2008). Undertaking a literature review: a step-by-step approach. British 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. Your research paper critique will be graded on the following criteria. Criteria Level 3 61 – 100 points Level 2 24 – 60 points Level 1 0 – 23 points Description of Study (10 points) Provides clear, accurate comments on the title, abstract, introduction, and purpose of the study Provides comments on the title, abstract, introduction, or purpose of the study Lacks comments on the title, abstract, introduction, or purpose of the study Participants (10 points) Discusses participants, inclusion and exclusion criteria, sample size, consent, and other ethical considerations Includes information on participants, but lacks information regarding sample size and/or consent Provides little or no information regarding participants, sample size, or consent Research Question/‌ Hypothesis (20 points) Accurately identifies research question/hypotheses, including independent and dependent variables May not accurately identify research question/hypotheses or independent and dependent variables Lacks discussion of research question/hypotheses and/or study variables Review, Methods, and Results (20 points) Accurately comments on literature review, research methods, data analyses, and limitations of the study Includes comments on literature review, research methods, data analyses, and limitations of the study, but discussion was somewhat vague Does not comment on literature review, research methods, data analyses, and limitations of the study; or inaccurately discusses these aspects Article Evaluation (20 points) Accurately comments on level of evidence used, nursing theory, and implications for nursing practice or research Comments on level of evidence used, nursing theory, or implications for nursing practice or research Inaccurately comments on level of evidence used, nursing theory, or implications for nursing practice or research Application to the Clinical Area (10 points) Discusses realistic applications of the research to the clinical area Discusses somewhat realistic applications of the research to the clinical area Does not discuss realistic applications of the research to the clinical area APA, Organization, Grammar, and Spelling

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