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Prepare a critical analysis of a quantitative study focusing on protection of human participants, data collection, data analysis, problem statement, and interpretation of findings. Use Nursing current research article not more than 5 years old.

Refer to the resource Research Critique, Part 2. Below. Questions under each heading should be addressed as a narrative, in the structure of a formal paper.

Research Critique, Part 2

To write a critical appraisal that demonstrates comprehension of the research study conducted, respond to each of the questions listed under the headings below. Do not answer the questions with a yes or no; rather, provide a rationale or include examples or content from the study to address the questions.


Protection of Human Participants

  • Identify      the benefits and risks of participation addressed by the authors. Were      there benefits or risks the authors do not identify?
  • Was      informed consent obtained from the subjects or participants?
  • Did      it seem that the subjects participated voluntarily in the study?
  • Was      institutional review board approval obtained from the agency in which the      study was conducted?

Data Collection

  • Are      the major variables (independent and dependent variables) identified and      defined? What were these variables?
  • How      were data collected in this study?
  • What      rationale did the author provide for using this data collection method?
  • Identify      the time period for data collection of the study.
  • Describe      the sequence of data collection events for a participant.  

Data Management and Analysis

  • Describe      the data management and analysis methods used in the study.
  • Did      the author discuss how the rigor of the process was assured? For example,      does the author describe maintaining a paper trail of critical decisions      that were made during the analysis of the data? Was statistical software      used to ensure accuracy of the analysis?
  • What      measures were used to minimize the effects of researcher bias (their      experiences and perspectives)? For example, did two researchers      independently analyze the data and compare their analyses?

Findings / Interpretation of Findings

  • What      is the researcher’s interpretation of findings?

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