Research Critique

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The purpose of this essay is to critically appraise a research that was carried out in a mental health hospital in Southern Norway titled “Relatives of persons with recently discovered serious mental illness: in need of support to become resource persons in treatment and recovery” by (K.Norby, K.KJonsberg and J.K.Hummelvoll, 2009). I am going to look at the approach, methodology, the design, population sample, data collection method, ethical issues and how the data was analysed. I am then going to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the research. To evaluate this research, I am going to use the framework for critiquing health research by (Cadwell.k, Henshaw.L, and Taylor.G, 2005).

The title of the study is very informative and indicates the focus of the study. However it failed to mention staff members as they were also part of the population in the data collection process. Parahoo,(2006) states that reference should be made to the population from whom data are collected.

The study was conducted by three authors with respectable academic backgrounds and they are all registered Psychiatric nurses. Their professional fields are relevant to the study, K.Norby is head of research and development, K.K Jonsberg is a research assistant and J.K Hummelvoll is a professor in health and sports which makes them suitable to carry out this research project. They also hold further academic qualifications in different fields in health studies. I find the authors credible with the qualifications that they hold.

In this research, the abstract is straight to the point and contains most of the information a good abstract should have as stated by (Schneider et al,2007) that the abstract should contain sufficient information about the stages of the research process for example aim of the study,method, sample and findings. However, it does not summarise the key components for example no recommendation or conclusion. The abstract also clearly states...
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