The purpose of this assignment is to critique and evaluate the chosen article in terms of strengths and weaknesses, to demonstrate an understanding of the research process. According to Polit and Beck (2004) the aim of critically appraising an article is an attempt to determine its strengths and limitations. Therefore, the research critique should reflect an objective and balanced consideration of the study's validity and significance (Polit and Hungler 1999). The task of critiquing is, according to Lo Biondo-Wood and Harber (2006) a challenging one and can only be effectively achieved through much practice and skill.
For the purpose of this critique, the frameworks of Parahoo (1997) and Polit and Hungler (1999) have been used as a guide. This will assist in producing an organised sub-headed piece of work.
The title of an article is the first part of a study to be encountered and Parahoo (1997) states that a title should draw the reader's attention to the precise area of study and make reference to the population from whom the data is collected. Cormack (2000) and Marshall and Kelly (2007) agree, stating a title should be concise and reflect the content of the study.
The chosen article is titled 'Perceived barriers and facilitators to implementing research findings in the Irish practice setting'. This title utilised by Glacken and Chaney is concise, consisting of 13 words in bold print. Rumrill et al (2000) state that a standard length title is 12 - 15 words. However, the title does not reflect the population of the sample group i.e. Registered Nurses. Although the title still provides insight into what the article is trying to accomplish.
According to Cormack (2000) researchers must be qualified to commence a research study. The researchers qualification and credentials in the article are clearly stated and easy to find.
They both have initials after their names, one of which has a PHD, which indicate that...