Critical Appraisal of a Qualitative Article Directions:
Write a summary and concise appraisal of the study. Use the APA format with title page, 3-4 paragraphs for each of the questions/summary and critique (300-400 words), and the complete reference at the end. Utilize Chapter 14 in your Fain, (2017), book as your guide.
First Paragraph: Write a brief description or summary of the work cited including:
the level of research evidence (based on Melnyk and Fineout- Overholt’s Level of Evidence Scale in Module 1 under Dr. Poole’s video link)
type of qualitative study
major findings or themes
author’s conclusions Remember to cite the authors and year in the first sentence of the first paragraph. The summary should be primarily in your own words, with paraphrased segments, except for the purpose of the study which may be word for word. Paragraphs 2 – 3: Analyze the work’s quality using the Critical Appraisal Guidelines: Qualitative Studies section in Fain, (2017) Chapter 14 with additional guidance starting on page 325 for some sections. Answer at least ONE question under each category below, i.e. the problem was easily identified which was…. And the authors stated the research question(s) they were interested in obtaining….:
identified problem for study
purpose and research questions
sample and sampling procedure/technique including protection of human subjects
data collection procedures
data analysis: organizing/categorizing/summarizing
scientific integrity: credibility/transferability/dependability/confirmability
results of the study
discussion of findings
evaluation summary including applicability to replicate or apply study findings in your area of practice whether that be a hospital, home health or SNF, etc.
Paragraph 4 Say what is good, but also be critical and find something wrong! Try to be concise and nonrepetitive. Last Paragraph: In your own words, discuss how this study relates to evidence-based practice and its implications for or impact upon nursing. Comment on what unique findings or insights that this study provided. If you chose a study outside the United States, how does potentially socialized medicine affect whether the study could be conducted in the United States and if you believe the findings would be the same or different and why.
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