Max Points: 150
Prepare a critical analysis of a quantitative study focusing on protection of human participants, data collection, data management and analysis, problem statement, and interpretation of findings. The quantitative research article can be from your previous literature review or a new peer-reviewed article.
Each study analysis will be 1,000-1,250 words and submitted in one document. As with the assignments in Topics 1-3, this should connect to your identified practice problem of interest.
Refer to the resource entitled “Research Critique Part 2.” Questions under each heading should be addressed as a narrative, in the structure of a formal paper. You are also required to include an Introduction and Conclusion.
Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.
This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.
You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin.
Submit the assignment along with an electronic version of the article used for the analysis. If an electronic version is not available, submit a clean unmarked copy of the article.
Research Critique, Part 2
To write a critical appraisal that demonstrates comprehension of the research study conducted, and respond to each of the action items listed under the headings below. Successful completion of this assignment requires that you provide a rationale, include examples, or reference content from the study in your response.
CRITICAL APPRAISAL GUIDELINES: QUANTITATIVE STUDY ON TYPE 2 DIABETES FOCUSING ON PROTECTION OF HUMAN PARTICIPANTS, DATA COLLECTION, DATA MANAGEMENT AND ANALYSIS PROBLEM.
• Develop a topic sentence in which you will define the purpose of the Research Critique, Part 2
• Formulate a thesis statement which briefly provides a broad indication of your point of view in composing this assignment.
• Include a summary outline to describe the organization and main topics you will include in the body paragraphs of the assignments (see below sections).
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?
• 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: Implications for Practice and Future Research
• What is the researcher’s interpretation of findings?
• Are the findings valid or an accurate reflection of reality? Do you have confidence in the findings?
• What limitations of the study were identified by researchers?
• Was there a coherent logic to the presentation of findings?
• What implications do the findings have for nursing practice? For example, can the study findings be applied to general nursing practice, to a specific population, to a specific area of nursing?
• What suggestions are made for further studies?
• Emphasize the importance and congruity of the thesis statement
• Provide a logical wrap-up to bring the appraisal to completion and to leave a lasting impression and take-away points useful in nursing practice.
• Incorporate a critical appraisal and a brief analysis of the utility and applicability of the findings to nursing practice.
• Integrate a summary of the knowledge learned.
Burns, N., & Grove, S. (2011). Understanding Nursing Research (5th ed.). Elsevier. ISBN-13: 9781437707502
Benchmark – Research Critique Part 2
Less Than Satisfactory 72%-75%
Excellent 90% – 100%
2.0 % Introduction No introduction provided Introduction is incomplete, missing relevant information. Introduction is informative and provides reader with relevant information. Introduction is well-organized with a clear and pertinent thesis statement. Introduction is well-organized, fully incorporates the structure of the critique, and piques the interest of the reader to learn more.
10.0 % Protection of Human Participants Does not critique protection of human participants Some of the study tools are critiqued. Ethical issues are not addressed for quantitative design. The study tools are critiqued. Ethical issues are discussed for quantitative design. The study tools are critiqued using research terminology. Ethical issues are addressed for quantitative design. The study tools are thorough, clear, and accurately critiqued using research terminology. Ethical issues are addressed for quantitative design.
10.0 % Data Collection Does not critique data collection methods. Data collection methods are critiqued, but not to the full extent or including ethical issues. Data collection methods and potential biases are reviewed. Ethical issues are described. Interview and/or data collection processes are presented. Data collection methods are critiqued and potential biases are reviewed. Ethical issues are described. Interview and/or data collection processes are critiqued. Data collection methods are fully critiqued, and potential biases are addressed. Potential ethical issues, interview and/or data collection processes are critiqued.
10.0 % Problem Statement No problem statement is provided. The critique of the problem statement is provided, but is missing criteria as indicated in the writing guidelines. The critique of the problem statement meets all criteria of writing guidelines. The critique of the problem statement meets all criteria of writing guidelines in a detailed and comprehensive manner. The critique of the problem statement meets all criteria of writing guidelines in a detailed and comprehensive manner while demonstrating deeper understanding by incorporating prior learning or thoughtful reflection.
15.0 % Data Analysis (Quantitative) Data Management Does not critique data analysis or management. Data analysis is described. Significance and nonsignificance are explained; generalization and implications to nursing practice are not fully addressed. Conclusions are vague. Data analysis is described and linked to research questions. Results are explained, and implications to nursing practice are reviewed. Conclusions are presented. Data analysis is critiqued and tied to research questions. Results are explained, generalization and implications to nursing practice are reviewed. Conclusions are tied back to purpose of study. Data analysis is accurately critiqued and linked to research questions. Significance and nonsignificance are explained; generalization and implications to nursing practice reviewed. Conclusions are tied back to purpose of study and literature review.
15.0 % Quality of Study (Quantitative) Discussion Quality of study and discussion are not critiqued. Quality of study and discussion, including strengths and weaknesses, is not fully discussed. Strengths and weaknesses of the study are addressed and include discussion of clinical implications of findings. Strengths and weaknesses of the study are addressed and include discussion of clinical implications of findings. Credibility of study is addressed. Strengths and weaknesses of the study are fully summarized from critique, with discussion of clinical implications of findings. Credibility of study is addressed.
15.0 % Implications for Practice and Future Research. Implications for the nursing practice and future research are not addressed Implications for the nursing practice and future research are mentioned but not fully addressed Implications for the nursing practice and future research are addressed and explained. Implications for the nursing practice and future research are addressed and explained with specific suggestions mentioned. Implications for the nursing practice and future research are addressed and explained in detail, including specific suggestions.
3.0 % Conclusion Conclusion does not summarize a critical appraisal and applicability of findings. Conclusion is vague and does not discuss importance to nursing. Conclusion summarizes utility of the research and importance to nursing practice. Conclusion summarizes utility of the research from the critical appraisal and the importance of the findings to nursing practice. Conclusion summarizes utility of the research from the critical appraisal, knowledge learned, and the importance of the findings to nursing practice.
15.0 %Organization and Effectiveness
5.0 % Thesis Development and Purpose Paper lacks any discernible overall purpose or organizing claim. Thesis and/or main claim are insufficiently developed and/or vague; purpose is not clear. Thesis and/or main claim are apparent and appropriate to purpose. Thesis and/or main claim are clear and forecast the development of the paper. It is descriptive and reflective of the arguments and appropriate to the purpose. Thesis and/or main claim are comprehensive; contained within the thesis is the essence of the paper. Thesis statement makes the purpose of the paper clear.
5.0 % Paragraph Development and Transitions Paragraphs and transitions consistently lack unity and coherence. No apparent connections between paragraphs are established. Transitions are inappropriate to purpose and scope. Organization is disjointed. Some paragraphs and transitions may lack logical progression of ideas, unity, coherence, and/or cohesiveness. Some degree of organization is evident. Paragraphs are generally competent, but ideas may show some inconsistency in organization and/or in their relationships to each other. A logical progression of ideas between paragraphs is apparent. Paragraphs exhibit a unity, coherence, and cohesiveness. Topic sentences and concluding remarks are appropriate to purpose. There is a sophisticated construction of paragraphs and transitions. Ideas progress and relate to each other. Paragraph and transition construction guide the reader. Paragraph structure is seamless.
5.0 % Mechanics of Writing (includes spelling, punctuation, grammar, language use) Surface errors are pervasive enough that they impede communication of meaning. Inappropriate word choice and/or sentence construction are used. Frequent and repetitive mechanical errors distract the reader. Inconsistencies in language choice (register), sentence structure, and/or word choice are present. Some mechanical errors or typos are present, but are not overly distracting to the reader. Correct sentence structure and audience-appropriate language are used. Prose is largely free of mechanical errors, although a few may be present. A variety of sentence structures and effective figures of speech are used. Writer is clearly in command of standard, written, academic English.
2.0 % Paper Format Appropriate template is not used appropriately or documentation format is rarely followed correctly. Appropriate template is used, but some elements are missing or mistaken; lack of control with formatting is apparent. Appropriate template is used, and formatting is correct, although some minor errors may be present. Appropriate template is fully used; There are virtually no errors in formatting style. All format elements are correct.
3.0 % Research Citations (In-text citations for paraphrasing and direct quotes, and reference page listing and formatting, as appropriate to assignment) No reference page is included. No citations are used. Reference page is present. Citations are inconsistently used. Reference page is included and lists sources used in the paper. Sources are appropriately documented, although some errors may be present. Reference page is present and fully inclusive of all cited sources. Documentation is appropriate and GCU style is usually correct. In-text citations and a reference page are complete. The documentation of cited sources is free of error.
100 % Total Weightage