Identify, describe, and critiqueconceptually and operationallythe major study variables. Examine the purpose, the objectives, questions,
or hypotheses, as well as the results section of the research article.
Review the Guidelines for Qualitative Nursing Research Critique and the Quantitative Research Article Analysis Worksheet.
¢ Read a recent nursing research article that uses quantitative design methods. The article must be from a peer reviewed journal published
within the last 3 to 5 years.
¢ Complete the Quantitative Article Analysis Worksheet using complete and concise sentences.
¢ Complete the following tasks before submitting the assignment:
¢ Attach a copy of the article as a .pdf file with the assignment.
Note. No more than 10% of this worksheet should be quoted. The critique is your analysis of what the authors reported; it is not a
restatement of what they said.
Review Guidelines for Quantitative Nursing Research Critique.
Read a current article in a peer-reviewed nursing journal that uses quantitative design methods.
Extract the key elements from the each section and prepare to discuss them in class.
Guidelines for Quantitative Nursing Research Critique
1. State the purpose of the study, and identify the problem.
2. Examine the literature review within your selected article. In your analysis, critique these sections:
a. Are articles relevant? Are the previous studies and theories described?
b. Are the references current? How many sources are from the last 10 years?
c. How many sources are from the last 5 years?
d. Describe the current knowledgewhat is known and unknownabout the research problem.
3. Examine and critique the study framework or theoretical perspective. In your analysis, discuss the following:
a. Is the framework explicitly expressed, or must the reviewer extract the framework from implicit statements in the literature review?
b. Is the framework based on scientific, substantive, or tentative theory?
c. Does the framework identify, define, and describe relationships among the concepts of interest?
d. How is the framework related to the body of knowledge in nursing?
4. Identify, describe, and critique for appropriateness any research objectives, questions, or hypotheses. If there are none, suggest how
those might be stated.
5. Identify, describe, and critiqueconceptually and operationallythe major study variables. Examine the purpose, the objectives, questions,
or hypotheses, as well as the results section of the research article. Identify and define each variable type as one of the following:
a. Independent variables
b. Dependent variables
c. Research variables
6. Identify and critique attributes and demographic variables.
7. Describe and critique the research design. Address the following criteria in the analysis:
a. Identify the specific design of the study.
b. Identify the treatment or intervention if appropriate for the type of study conducted.
c. How were subjects assigned to groups if groups were studied?
d. Were pilot-study findings used to design this study? If yes, briefly discuss the pilot and the changes made in this study based on the
8. Describe and critique the sample and setting. Include the following elements in your analysis:
a. Identify inclusion and exclusion sample criteria.
b. Indicate the method used to obtain the sample.
c. State the sample size. Indicate if a power analysis was conducted to determine the sample size. Identify the refusal to participate number
d. Identify the characteristics of the sample.
e. Identify the sample mortality (or attrition) number and percentage.
f. Indicate the type of consent obtained and institutional review board approval.
g. Identify the study setting and indicate if it was appropriate for the study purpose.
Also include all below in report
Describes the purpose of the study and identifies the problem
Analyzes the literature review and the study framework or theoretical perspective
Critiques the appropriateness of research objectives, questions, or hypothesis
Critiques the major study variables, both conceptually and operationally
Critiques the attributes and demographics, including the sample and setting
Analyzes the research design and critiques the measurement instrument(s) used in the study
Critiques the data collection procedures and the statistical analysis
Critiques the researchers interpretation of the results