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Research Critique

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The Nursing and Midwifery Council [NMC] (2008) report that all professional nurses have a responsibility to deliver care based on current evidence, best practice and validated research when it is available, Gomm and Davies (2000) confirm this by stating that government and professional guidance insist that professional practice should be based on evidence.

Nurses are the largest professional group among health care workers worldwide; they carry out numerous interventions with patients and patient’s carers. The nurse’s decisions and actions affect the lives of many people, and therefore, it is sound knowledge that nursing practice should be based on robust evidence (Parahoo 2006). Burns and Grove (2005), state that a solid research base will provide evidence of nursing interventions that are effective in promoting positive patient outcomes.

In order to work within evidence-based practice guidelines, it is essential that all research is critically examined in order to assess quality and applicability (Playle 2000). Furthermore, Adams (1999) also states that by critiquing a piece of research, you can look objectively at the evidence and determine what it means, and whether it is relevant to your area of practice. Caldwell, Henshaw and Taylor (2011) define critiquing as the ability to critically appraise a published piece of research by identifying its strengths and weaknesses and by forming judgements concerning its overall quality and applicability. Coughlan, Cronin and Ryan (2007) and Ryan, Coughlan and Cronin (2007) found that the ability to critically appraise research and apply this to the identification of best practice is a key component of nursing practice. Marshall (2005) go on to state that critical evaluation of research is necessary so that the reader does not take what is read at face value, but considers the piece of work with a critical mind in order to decide the value of the article.

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