Topics: Qualitative research, Grounded theory, Quantitative research Pages: 3 (1044 words) Published: November 13, 2012
l Burns: Understanding Nursing Research, 5th Edition

Appraisal Exercises

Critical Appraisal Guidelines for Qualitative Studies

Research Article: Stress and nursing care needs of women with breast cancer during primary treatment: A qualitative study

QUALITATIVE CRITICAL APPRAISAL GUIDELINES|KEY CONCEPTS INAPPRAISAL| Problem Statement1.Identify the clinical problem and research problem that led to the study. 2.How did the author establish the significance of the study? In other words, why should the reader care about this study?|| Purpose and Research Questions1.Identify the purpose of the study. 2.List research questions that the study was designed to answer. If the author does not explicitly provide the questions, attempt to infer the questions from the answers. 3.Were the purpose and research questions related to the problem?4.Were qualitative methods appropriate to answer the research questions? || Literature Review1.Did the author cite quantitative and qualitative studies relevant to the focus of the study? What other types of literature did the author include?2.Are the references current? 3.Identify the disciplines of the authors of studies cited in this paper. Does it appear that the author searched databases outside of CINAHL for relevant studies?4.Did the author evaluate or indicate the weaknesses of the available studies? 5.Did the literature review include adequate information to build a logical argument? Another way to ask the question: Did the author provide enough evidence to support the verdict that the study was needed?| 4. The author mentioned limitations of the study by a bias. Some women who were mentally unstable, or if the nurses felt as if they would be over whelmed with the interview were excluded. 5. The author did go into detail about the many things that are need for a patient with breast cancer. | Frame of Reference 1.Did the author identify a specific perspective from which the study was...
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