knowledge of the nursing research process by critiquing published research articles

knowledge of the nursing research process by critiquing published research articles knowledge of the nursing research process by critiquing published research articles MUST BE KNOWLEDGEABLE IN RESEARCH AND RESEARCH PROCESS. This assignment will demonstrates knowledge of the nursing research process by critiquing published research articles in a systematic manner. The assignment will show your understanding of the components of research and the procedures necessary to implement the research process by critiquing a research article. Instructions: knowledge of the nursing research process by critiquing published research articles ORDER NOW FOR CUSTOMIZED AND ORIGINAL ESSAY PAPERS When completing the critique assignment, note that you’re critiquing with comments based on the logical steps of the research process. Critique process for quantitative studies include: Phase 1—Comprehension, Phase 2—Comparison, Phase 3—Analysis, Phase 4—Evaluation. Comprehension: Read the article carefully and highlight each step of the research process within the article. Comparison and analysis: With the knowledge of each step of the research process examine and compare the extent to which the researcher followed the rules for an ideal study by examining parts of the study for accuracy, completeness, and organization, then analyze the logical links among the steps of the study. Evaluation: Involves determining the meaning and significance of the study by examining the links among the study process, study findings, and previous studies. As noted in the critic process of one of the Jones and Bartlett publisher’s textbook, in the same way, another general rule includes: a. Read the entire study carefully b. Examine the organization and perspectives c. Highlight each step of the research process d. Identify the strengths and weaknesses objectively. e. Determine how well the study followed the rules of the ideal study f. Consider the applicability of the research results to practice. step_by_step_guide_to_critic_quant_research_1.pdf step_by_step_guide_to_critic_qual_research_2_1.pdf article_critique_and_ebp_assignments__1_.doc sample_qualitative_article_critique_paper.doc n400_articlecritiqu Step’by-step guide to critiquing research. Part 1: quantitative research Michaei Coughian, Patricia Cronin, Frances Ryan Abstract When caring for patients it is essential that nurses are using the current best practice. To determine what this is, nurses must be able to read research critically. But for many qualified and student nurses the terminology used in research can be difficult to understand thus making critical reading even more daunting. It is imperative in nursing that care has its foundations in sound research and it is essential that all nurses have the ability to critically appraise research to identify what is best practice. This article is a step-by step-approach to critiquing quantitative research to help nurses demystify the process and decode the terminology. Key words: Quantitative research methodologies Review process • Research ]or many qualified nurses and nursing students research is research, and it is often quite difficult to grasp what others are referring to when they discuss the limitations and or strengths within a research study. Research texts and journals refer to critiquing the literature, critical analysis, reviewing the literature, evaluation and appraisal of the literature which are in essence the same thing (Bassett and Bassett, 2003). Terminology in research can be confusing for the novice research reader where a term like ‘random’ refers to an organized manner of selecting items or participants, and the word ‘significance’ is applied to a degree of chance. Thus the aim of this article is to take a step-by-step approach to critiquing research in an attempt to help nurses demystify the process and decode the terminology. When caring for patients it is essential that nurses are using the current best practice. To determine what this is nurses must be able to read research. The adage ‘All that glitters is not gold’ is also true in research. Not all research is of the same quality or of a high standard and therefore nurses should not simply take research at face value simply because it has been published (Cullum and Droogan, 1999; Rolit and Beck, 2006). Critiquing is a systematic method of Michael Coughlan, Patricia Cronin and Frances Ryan are Lecturers, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dubhn, Trinity College, Dublin Accepted for publication: March 2007 658 appraising the strengths and limitations of a piece of research in order to determine its credibility and/or its applicability to practice (Valente, 2003). Seeking only limitations in a study is criticism and critiquing and criticism are not the same (Burns and Grove, 1997). A critique is an impersonal evaluation of the strengths and limitations of the research being reviewed and should not be seen as a disparagement of the researchers ability. Neither should it be regarded as a jousting match between the researcher and the reviewer. Burns and Grove (1999) call this an ‘intellectual critique’ in that it is not the creator but the creation that is being evaluated. The reviewer maintains objectivity throughout the critique. No personal views are expressed by the reviewer and the strengths and/or limitations of the study and the imphcations of these are highlighted with reference to research texts or journals. It is also important to remember that research works within the realms of probability where nothing is absolutely certain. It is therefore important to refer to the apparent strengths, limitations and findings of a piece of research (Burns and Grove, 1997). The use of personal pronouns is also avoided in order that an appearance of objectivity can be maintained. Credibility and integrity There are numerous tools available to help both novice and advanced reviewers to critique research studies (Tanner, 2003). knowledge of the nursing research process by critiquing published research articles These tools generally ask questions that can help the reviewer to determine the degree to which the steps in the research process were followed. However, some steps are more important than others and very few tools acknowledge this. Ryan-Wenger (1992) suggests that questions in a critiquing tool can be subdivided in those that are useful for getting a feel for the study being presented which she calls ‘credibility variables’ and those that are essential for evaluating the research process called ‘integrity variables’. Credibility variables concentrate on how believable the work appears and focus on the researcher’s qualifications and ability to undertake and accurately present the study. The answers to these questions are important when critiquing a piece of research as they can offer the reader an insight into vhat to expect in the remainder of the study. However, the reader should be aware that identified strengths and limitations within this section will not necessarily correspond with what will be found in the rest of the work. Integrity questions, on the other hand, are interested in the robustness of the research method, seeking to identify how appropriately and accurately the researcher followed the steps in the research process. The answers to these questions British Journal of Nursing. 2007. Vol 16, No II RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES Table 1. Research questions – guidelines for critiquing a quantitative research study Elements influencing the beiievabiiity of the research Questions Elements Writing styie Is the report well written – concise, grammatically correct, avoid the use of jargon? Is it weil iaid out and organized? Author Do the researcher(s’) quaiifications/position indicate a degree of knowledge in this particuiar field? Report titie Is the title clear, accurate and unambiguous? Abstract Does the abstract offer a clear overview of the study including the research problem, sample, methodology, finding and recommendations? Elements influencing the robustness of the research Questions Elements Purpose/research Is the purpose of the study/research problem clearly identified? Problem Does the research report foilow the steps of the research process in a iogical manner? Do these steps Logical consistency naturally fiow and are the iinks ciear? is the review Iogicaily organized? Does it offer a balanced critical anaiysis of the iiterature? is the majority Literature review of the literature of recent origin? is it mainly from primary sources and of an empirical nature? Has a conceptual or theoretical framework been identified? Is the framework adequately described? Theoreticai framework is the framework appropriate? Aims/objectives/ Have alms and objectives, a research question or hypothesis been identified? If so are they clearly research question/ stated? Do they reflect the information presented in the iiterature review? hypotheses Sampie Has the target popuiation been cieariy identified? How were the sample selected? Was it a probability or non-probabiiity sampie? is it of adequate size? Are the indusion/exciusion criteria dearly identified? Ethicai considerations Were the participants fuiiy informed about the nature of the research? Was the autonomy/ confidentiaiity of the participants guaranteed? Were the participants protected from harm? Was ethicai permission granted for the study? Operational definitions Are aii the terms, theories and concepts mentioned in the study dearly defined? Methodology is the research design cieariy identified? Has the data gathering instrument been described? is the instrument appropriate? How was it deveioped? Were reliabiiity and validity testing undertaken and the resuits discussed? Was a piiot study undertaken? Data Anaiysis / results What type of data and statisticai analysis was undertaken? Was it appropriate? How many of the sampie participated? Significance of the findings? Discussion Are the findings iinked back to the iiterature review? if a hypothesis was identified was it supported? Were the strengths and limitations of the study including generalizability discussed? Was a recommendation for further research made? References Were ali the books, journais and other media aliuded to in the study accurateiy referenced? will help to identify the trustworthiness of the study and its applicability to nursing practice. Critiquing the research steps In critiquing the steps in the research process a number of questions need to be asked. However, these questions are seeking more than a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer. The questions are posed to stimulate the reviewer to consider the implications of what the researcher has done. Does the way a step has been applied appear to add to the strength of the study or does it appear as a possible limitation to implementation of the study’s findings? {Table 1). Eiements influencing beiievabiiity of the study Writing style Research reports should be well written, grammatically correct, concise and well organized.The use ofjargon should be avoided where possible. The style should be such that it attracts the reader to read on (Polit and Beck, 2006). Hritislijourn.il of Nursing. 2007. Vol 16. No 11 Author(s) The author(s’) qualifications and job title can be a useful indicator into the researcher(s’) knowledge of the area under investigation and ability to ask the appropriate questions (Conkin Dale, 2005). Conversely a research study should be evaluated on its own merits and not assumed to be valid and reliable simply based on the author(s’) qualifications. Report title The title should be between 10 and 15 words long and should clearly identify for the reader the purpose of the study (Connell Meehan, 1999). Titles that are too long or too short can be confusing or misleading (Parahoo, 2006). Abstract The abstract should provide a succinct overview of the research and should include information regarding the purpose of the study, method, sample size and selection. 659 the main findings and conclusions and recommendations (Conkin Dale, 2005). From the abstract the reader should be able to determine if the study is of interest and whether or not to continue reading (Parahoo, 2006). Eiements influencing robustness Purpose of the study/research problem A research problem is often first presented to the reader in the introduction to the study (Bassett and Bassett, 2003). Depending on what is to be investigated some authors will refer to it as the purpose of the study. In either case the statement should at least broadly indicate to the reader what is to be studied (Polit and Beck, 2006). Broad problems are often multi-faceted and will need to become narrower and more focused before they can be researched. In this the literature review can play a major role (Parahoo, 2006). Logical consistency A research study needs to follow the steps in the process in a logical manner.There should also be a clear link between the steps beginning with the purpose of the study and following through the literature review, the theoretical framework, the research question, the methodology section, the data analysis, and the findings (Ryan-Wenger, 1992). Literature review The primary purpose of the literature review is to define or develop the research question while also identifying an appropriate method of data collection (Burns and Grove, 1997). It should also help to identify any gaps in the literature relating to the problem and to suggest how those gaps might be filled. The literature review should demonstrate an appropriate depth and breadth of reading around the topic in question. The majority of studies included should be of recent origin and ideally less than five years old. knowledge of the nursing research process by critiquing published research articles However, there may be exceptions to this, for example, in areas where there is a lack of research, or a seminal or all-important piece of work that is still relevant to current practice. It is important also that the review should include some historical as well as contemporary material in order to put the subject being studied into context. The depth of coverage will depend on the nature of the subject, for example, for a subject with a vast range of literature then the review will need to concentrate on a very specific area (Carnwell, 1997). Another important consideration is the type and source of hterature presented. Primary empirical data from the original source is more favourable than a secondary source or anecdotal information where the author relies on personal evidence or opinion that is not founded on research. A good review usually begins with an introduction which identifies the key words used to conduct the search and information about which databases were used. The themes that emerged from the literature should then be presented and discussed (Carnwell, 1997). In presenting previous work it is important that the data is reviewed critically, highlighting both the strengths and limitations of the study. It should also be compared and contrasted with the findings of other studies (Burns and Grove, 1997). 660 Theoretical framework Following the identification of the research problem and the review of the literature the researcher should present the theoretical framework (Bassett and Bassett, 2003). Theoretical frameworks are a concept that novice and experienced researchers find confusing. It is initially important to note that not all research studies use a defined theoretical framework (Robson, 2002). A theoretical framework can be a conceptual model that is used as a guide for the study (Conkin Dale, 2005) or themes from the literature that are conceptually mapped and used to set boundaries for the research (Miles and Huberman, 1994). A sound framework also identifies the various concepts being studied and the relationship between those concepts (Burns and Grove, 1997). Such relationships should have been identified in the literature. The research study should then build on this theory through empirical observation. Some theoretical frameworks may include a hypothesis. Theoretical frameworks tend to be better developed in experimental and quasi-experimental studies and often poorly developed or non-existent in descriptive studies (Burns and Grove, 1999).The theoretical framework should be clearly identified and explained to the reader. Aims and objectives/research question/ research hypothesis The purpose of the aims and objectives of a study, the research question and the research hypothesis is to form a link between the initially stated purpose of the study or research problem and how the study will be undertaken (Burns and Grove, 1999). They should be clearly stated and be congruent with the data presented in the literature review. The use of these items is dependent on the type of research being performed. Some descriptive studies may not identify any of these items but simply refer to the purpose of the study or the research problem, others will include either aims and objectives or research questions (Burns and Grove, 1999). Correlational designs, study the relationships that exist between two or more variables and accordingly use either a research question or hypothesis. Experimental and quasi-experimental studies should clearly state a hypothesis identifying the variables to be manipulated, the population that is being studied and the predicted outcome (Burns and Grove, 1999). Sample and sample size The degree to which a sample reflects the population it was drawn from is known as representativeness and in quantitative research this is a decisive factor in determining the adequacy of a study (Polit and Beck, 2006). knowledge of the nursing research process by critiquing published research articles In order to select a sample that is likely to be representative and thus identify findings that are probably generalizable to the target population a probability sample should be used (Parahoo, 2006). The size of the sample is also important in quantitative research as small samples are at risk of being overly representative of small subgroups within the target population. For example, if, in a sample of general nurses, it was noticed that 40% of the respondents were males, then males would appear to be over represented in the sample, thereby creating a sampling error. The risk of sampling Britishjournal of Nursing. 2007. Vol 16. No II RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES errors decrease as larger sample sizes are used (Burns and Grove, 1997). In selecting the sample the researcher should clearly identify who the target population are and what criteria were used to include or exclude participants. It should also be evident how the sample was selected and how many were invited to participate (Russell, 2005). Ethical considerations Beauchamp and Childress (2001) identify four fundamental moral principles: autonomy, non-maleficence, beneficence and justice. Autonomy infers that an individual has the right to freely decide to participate in a research study without fear of coercion and with a full knowledge of what is being investigated. Non-maleficence imphes an intention of not harming and preventing harm occurring to participants both of a physical and psychological nature (Parahoo, 2006). Beneficence is interpreted as the research benefiting the participant and society as a whole (Beauchamp and Childress, 2001). Justice is concerned with all participants being treated as equals and no one group of individuals receiving preferential treatment because, for example, of their position in society (Parahoo, 2006). Beauchamp and Childress (2001) also identify four moral rules that are both closely connected to each other and with the principle of autonomy. They are veracity (truthfulness), fidelity (loyalty and trust), confidentiality and privacy.The latter pair are often linked and imply that the researcher has a duty to respect the confidentiality and/or the anonymity of participants and non-participating subjects. Ethical committees or institutional review boards have to give approval before research can be undertaken. Their role is to determine that ethical principles are being applied and that the rights of the individual are being adhered to (Burns and Grove, 1999). Operational definitions In a research study the researcher needs to ensure that the reader understands what is meant by the terms and concepts that are used in the research. To ensure this any concepts or terms referred to should be clearly defined (Parahoo, 2006). Methodology: research design Methodology refers to the nuts and bolts of how a research study is undertaken. There are a number of important elements that need to be referred to here and the first of these is the research design. There are several types of quantitative studies that can be structured under the headings of true experimental, quasi-experimental and non-experimental designs (Robson, 2002) {Table 2). Although it is outside the remit of this article, within each of these categories there are a range of designs that will impact on how the data collection and data analysis phases of the study are undertaken. However, Robson (2002) states these designs are similar in many respects as most are concerned with patterns of group behaviour, averages, tendencies and properties. Methodology: data collection The next element to consider after the research design is the data collection method. In a quantitative study any number of strategies can be adopted when collecting data and these can include interviews, questionnaires, attitude scales or observational tools. Questionnaires are the most commonly used data gathering instruments and consist mainly of closed questions with a choice of fixed answers. Postal questionnaires are administered via the mail and have the value of perceived anonymity. Questionnaires can also be administered in face-to-face interviews or in some instances over the telephone (Polit and Beck, 2006). Methodology: instrument design After identifying the appropriate data gathering method the next step that needs to be considered is the design of the instrument. Researchers have the choice of using a previously designed instrument or developing one for the study and this choice should be clearly declared for the reader. Designing an instrument is a protracted and sometimes difficult …knowledge of the nursing research process by critiquing published research articles Get a 10 % discount on an order above $ 100 Use the following coupon code : NURSING10

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