When examining any research article, it is important to critique it thoroughly. A thorough critique allows the reader an opportunity examine the study in detail. In this manner, the reader may make a thoughtful opinion regarding the actual scientific value of the study. This is particularly true in the fields of nursing and medicine. Currently, both fields continue to move towards evidence-based treatments. As a result, it is important to weigh the evidence that each study offers to the literature. In this critique, a qualitative study published in 2012 in the BMJ Open journal is examined. The article is entitled “Barriers and Bridges to Infection Prevention and Control: Results of a Qualitative Study of a Netherland’s Surgical Unit.” The authors are Backman, Marck, Krogman, Taylor, et al. Problem Statement
The clinical problem explored by the authors involved the infection prevention and control practices on a surgical unit. The authors examined the policies and procedures related to these practices. Furthermore, they studied what barriers exist to prevent nursing staff from following the required infection prevention policies. The authors recognized that Infection prevention and control (IP&C) in the acute care environment is one of the most important issues inmodern healthcare” (Backman et al, 2012, p. 1). In the modern health care setting, hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) have become increasingly common. These HAIs lead to increased mortality and morbidity and burden the patients. Additionally, they place an economic strain on the health care system. The incidence of them is also alarming. Approximately seven percent of all hospitalized patients will develop a HAI (World Health Organization, n.d.). While health care staff are familiar with the importance of IP&C, there may be barriers for them with regards to the appropriate policies and procedures. Purpose and Research Questions
The authors clearly stated their purpose and...
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