Critical Appraisal

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Appraisal 1

Critical Appraisal


Gemekia C. Parker

A Paper

Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for

NU 608 EBP & Quality Improvement in Health Care Systems University of South

Alabama College of Nursing

Fall 2010

Appraisal 2


Critical appraisal is the process of systematically examining research evidence to

assess its validity, results, and relevance. (Hill, 2001) Critical appraisal of research is preformed by clinicians prior to using it to make healthcare decisions. The critical appraisal process systematically finds, appraises, and acts on evidence based research after thorough review. The use of critical appraisal also allows us to make sense of research evidence and allows us to begin to close the gap between research and practice. (Hill, 2001)

The purpose of this paper is to critically appraise the levels of evidence in a meta-synthesis qualitative review and a systematic quantitative review. In completing this assignment, a basic understanding of the process of critical appraisal will be established. In addition, knowledge of the difference between a meta-synthesis qualitative review and systematic quantitative review will also be established. Qualitative Review

Qualitative research attempts to evaluate the underlying etiology of a proposed research question. Qualitative research provides insight to the setting of the problem and generates ideas for quantitative research.A qualitative review is intended to give an overview of previous studies that have been reported, regardless of statistical data. (Goethals, Sorenson, MacGregor,2004) Quantatative Review

Quantitative review provides a statistical analysis, thus providing a more concrete answer to the research question. (Goethals, Sorenson, MacGregor,2004)
Appraisal 3
For purposes of this paper, two articles have been selected and critically appraised...
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