Qualitative Research Critique

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Qualitative Research Critique: Retrospective Perception of Difficult Communication Wene Mawalla
Brock University

The article “Patient Real time and 12 month retrospective perception of difficult communication in the cancer diagnostic period” is written by Throne, S., Armstrong, E., Harris, S.R., Hislop, G., Kim-Sing, C., Oglov, J.L., Oliffe, J.L., & Stajduhar, K.L. through a naturalist setting. This article will attempt to give a systematic while subjective research method used to portray and give meaning to experiences. This article will be reviewed based on plausibility, the trustworthiness, and its significant to to future and current nursing theory or practice. Title

The title is clear and displays the research problem and study population. It clearly states who the study will be performed on while giving the reader some insight as to the retrospective nature of the study method. The title however does not suggest specifically who the population will be and what aspects of communication they will be researching. Abstract

The abstract clearly and concisely provides a summary of the main features of the report. It includes some background as to why this research was necessary, what the research involves, the population, method, findings and the application of this research for the future. Statement of the phenomenon of interest

The article provides sufficient background information to lead up to the statement of interest. The background info, while pertinent hindered in identifying the problem. This statement could be identified though inference by reading the passage but it was not explicitly states in the section. This problem does have a significant in nursing because it deals with the poor communication during the diagnostic period. As the nurse, it part of our mandate to help guide and empower our clients. When communication fails to meet the quality expected of it, it can cause undue stress to the client. Also, the initial step of the diagnostic period is when the client may need to feel empowered in their decision making, confident they are making the right decisions, and that they have whatever resources and supports that can be made available to them. This study chose to do a qualitative study which matched the needs of the study. The goal of the investigators was to explore an are of interest seeking to understand different concepts. Because they wished to explore a broad are, a qualitative study would allow them to understand the clients experience. In additions they would be able to present their findings explain and convey findings in a manner that allows the full meaning and the complexity of the experience to come through. Literature review

The articles the authors used to support this research were consistent to their problem. The articles did a good job of providing reasons as to why this research was necessary. However, a majority of the articles where older publication with very few references within a 5 year publishing date. This is significant because such out of date research can lead to belief about the direction the research study is heading in. This may result in the investigator being unprepared for concepts, having a huge impact on the results. At the same time, we keep in mind that a qualitative study seeks to explore areas that are less defined. With this definition in mind, we can understand the lack of current literature to rely on while conducting this study. It also fails to identify important gaps in the research. It did however summarize information on both the dependent and independent variable, using appropriate language and paraphrasing appropriately. Conceptual underpinnings and research question

Key concepts are well defined and clear. Each is well references with an explanation of the meaning. Research question are not explicitly states. It would have been beneficial to include the research question after the...
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