Critique Article Elements
Critique Article Elements Week 1 article review Critique: Ethics, Research problem and Review of Literature Elements
l Think about what elements are for either a qualitative or quantitative article – how do you know which one this article is? What are the qualities that would cause you to categorize it?
l Can you tell if there was IRB approval?
l How were patients consented? Can you imagine any issues that might have occurred with obtaining consent? Describe.
l Discuss your thoughts on the research trial and the 3 principles of:
¡ Beneficence ( risk – benefit ratio?)
¡ Justice (Vulnerable populations? )
¡ Respect for Persons (Any evidence of coercion?)
l Is it evident that the benefits of the study outweighed the risks?
l What other potential ethical issues can you determine?
l What is the research problem? Did they convince you of the need for studying this problem?
l Is the hypothesis directional? How else can you describe it?
l What are the variables under study – which are independent/ dependent?
l Name some extraneous variables
l List at least 1 conceptual and matching operational definition? Are they really Measurable as described in the article?
SEE NEXT PAGE FOR REVIEW OF LITERATURE ELEMENTS!!!!!
l Are references recent? How many did they use – do you think they used enough to cover the topic sufficiently – why or why not?
l List at least 3 primary and 3 secondary sources mentioned in Reference list
l Are the populations and types of studies in the listed studies compatibleto THIS study?
l Did they provide any opposing ideas or were they all in SUPPORT of their study?
l How did ROL flow – did you have a good understanding of the gap in the knowledge?
Week 2: article review Framework, Design, and Sampling
n Is it based on nursing theory or one from another discipline?
n Is the conceptual model relevant to nursing research if not nursing?
n Are the major concepts of the model identified and defined? What do you think they are?
n Is the theory sufficiently detailed enough to explain the phenomenon or is it overly complex?
n WHY do you think this?
n What type of design is it?
n Describe the characteristics that make it that design.
n Is it appropriate to answer the research question?
n What are the threats to internal validity?
n What are the threats to external validity?
n How did they try and control for these?
SEE NEXT PAGE FOR SAMPLING ELEMENTS!!!!!!
n What sampling technique was used? What are the characteristics that made you think it was that type?
n Was it the most appropriate to use?
n Have the sample characteristics been well described? What are they?
n Did the researcher identify limitations to generalizability?
n Any attrition mentioned?
n Retention or recruitment strategies?
Week 3 article review: Data collection, Control, and Data Analysis
n Are all the instruments clearly identified and described?
• Is their rationale for the selection of the tool given?
• Is the method of data collection chosen appropriate for the problem being studied and the clinical situation – why or why not?
• Were data collection procedures similar for all subjects?
• CHOOSE ONE Of the BELOW – depending on YOUR study:
• For Physiological: Did they evaluate the accuracy of the instrument?
• For Observational: Who did the observing, how were they trained?
• For Questionnaires: What types of questions were used – open/closed? What type of scales were used, if any?
• Did they discuss methods to test reliability and/or validity?
• Did they provide the results of any testing for reliability and validity – if so – were they adequate? If not – what else could they have done to test for this?
• Were the strengths and weaknesses of the instrument reliability and validity addressed in the “limitations” section of the article? Can you think of any other possible weaknesses?
SEE NEXT PAGE FOR STATS ELEMENTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
• Name the statistical test(s) used
• Is it parametric or non?
• Explain why you think this test was chosen
• What was the null hypothesis (you may have to formulate it yourself from the study problem given) Was it accepted or rejected?
• What evidence caused you to know if statistically significant
Critique Article Elements Critique Article Elements Week 1 article review Critique: Ethics, Research problem and Review of Literature Elements Ethics l Think about […]