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Research Methods: Critics of a Qualitative and Quantitative Paper on Pressure Sore Ulcer

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The author of this essay will critically appraise tow nursing articles. A qualitative paper published in the Journal of Advance Nursing (JAN) which will be referred as ‘article one’. A quantitative paper published in the Journal of Wound Care which will be referred as ‘article two’ in this essay. Both articles are wound care related. In order to examine the strength and weakness of the articles, the author of this essay will use a set of tools using a methodological analysis. Therefore demonstrate an understanding of the research process and relate to professional practice. There are several types of wounds for examples: postoperative, leg ulcer, diabetic and pressure sore (Sussman, 2012). Wounds can be acute or chronic in nature (Waugh & Grant, 2006). The process of healing is divided in three phases: inflammation, proliferation and remodelling (Waugh & Grant, 2006). The result of these biological process results in the replacement of a normal skin (Hawkins & Abrahamse, 2006). If the healing does not follow its normal process due to the presence of the debris. This will increase the level of bacteria and will lead to infection in the inflammation phase. This can contaminate the wound predispose to bacterial invasion in the blood and/or death of tissues (Sussman, 2012). Wound care in nursing is important, because it involves specifics treatments and care due to a complex healing process. To began with the article critique, Parahoo (2006) states that an abstract should briefly states the study aim, design, methods, sampling and main funding. Looking at both articles these are apparent. Looking at article one title and aim, it is apparent that, it is a qualitative study as words such as ‘quality of life’ and ‘inpatient perspectives’ are used. According to Cormack et al (2006), it is imperative to make title and aims explicit as it will draw the reader attention to the precise area of the study. The reader recognises the use of phenomenological approach in the...

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