You will critique the first part of your quantitative article by answering the provided questions below. If you need help understanding these questions, I have included page numbers in your textbook where you can find the information.Your critique should not have any simple yes or no answers. A simple summary of the article is not appropriate. You must CRITIQUE the article and support your answer with information from the article or your textbook.
The textbook is Essentials of Nursing Research Appraising Evidence for Nursing Practice. Edition 8, Denise F. Polit and Cheryl Tatano Beck.
Your critique should be written in a paper format following APA guidelines. You must have a title page, reference page, headings, and in-text citations for your information (typically your article and textbook). Remember to have an introductory paragraph with a thesis statement and a conclusion paragraph. It should be no longer than 3-5 pages, double spaced, excluding the title and reference page. Limit the use of direct quotes to no more than 2.
Quantitative Critique #1 Questions
1.Abstract (8th ed. – pg. 62) (7th ed. – pg. 89, 99, 102)
A. Is the abstract traditional or structured? What information does the abstract contain? Is it enough to tell you what the article is about?
B. Level of Evidence – 8th ed. – p.23, 7th ed. – p. 37 – Please identify the level of evidence for your article based on the evidence hierarchy pyramid on page numbers listed above.
2. Research Purpose/Problem Statement (8th ed. – pg. 100, 102-105, 111) (7th ed. – pg. 99, 102, 146-153, 163)
A. Can you easily identify the purpose or problem statement? What is it? Does it provide an adequate argument for why the researchers are doing the study?
B. Does the problem have significance for nursing? Why/how?
3. Research Questions/Hypothesis (8th ed. – pg. 100, 105-110, 111) (7th ed. – pg. 99, 102, 153-162, 163)
A. Are the research questions clearly stated? What are they?
B. Is a hypothesis present? If so, what is it and what type of hypothesis is it (directional vs. nondirectional, research vs. null)? If it is not stated, is the absence of a hypothesis okay and why?
4. Literature Review/Background: (8th ed. – pg. 116-118, 127) (7th ed. – pg. 99, 102, 170-172, 187-188)
A. Can you easily identify this section in your article? What information does it contain? Does it seem to be missing anything?
B. Is it up to date (no older than 5 years from the publication date of the article) and based on mainly primary sources?
5. Variables under study: (8th ed. – 42 -44, 48-49)(7th ed. – pg. 99, 102, 62-69, 71-72, 80)
A. What are the variablesbeing examined in this study? Name the independent and dependent variable.
B. Are the variables adequately defined either conceptually or operationally? Give an example…(If the author is measuring pain,how do they define pain??)
6. Ethical Considerations:(8th ed. – pg. 86-91, 93) (7th ed. – pg. 99, 102, 121-133, 135-136)
A. What were the procedures used to safeguard the rights of the study participants (ex. Informed consent, assent, anonymity, confidentiality)? How did those procedures minimize risk and maximize benefits to the participants?
B. Was the study subject to review by an IRB or ethics review board? If not, do you think that was appropriate?
C. Were any vulnerable groups included in this study? What steps were taken to protect them?
7. Theoretical and Conceptual Framework/Conceptual Underpinnings (8th ed. – 135, 143) (7th ed. – pg. 99, 102, 195-199, 199-205, 209-210)
A. Is there a conceptual or theoretical framework mentioned in the article? What is it?
B. If so is it appropriate (explain why)? If not, suggest one that could have been used – see theories listed on pg. 137-139 (8thed) and pg. 199-205 (7thed)
Specifics to Remember:
• Your paper must be written in APA format (6thed)
• It must include a title page and reference page
• 3-5 page limit, anything over 5 pages will not be graded
• Include APA headings (usually level 1) for each section
• Avoid yes or no answers, provide some detail
• You can only use 1-2 direct quotes in your original post. Learning how to write scholarly includes developing skills in paraphrasing. If more than 1-2 direct quotes are used points will be deducted.
Grading Rubric for Quantitative Critique #1 Paper
Introductory paragraph with thesis statement 3 points
Content of Paper
Level of Evidence
Research purpose/problem statement
Conclusion paragraph 3 points
APA format, grammar, spelling
/Title Page/Reference Page 10 points
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