Identify the clinical problem and research problem that led to the study.

Prepare a critical analysis of a
qualitative study focusing on the problem statement, study purpose, research
question, literature review, and theoretical framework. This can be one of the
selected articles from your previous literature review or a new peer-reviewed

The completed analysis should be
1,000-1,250 words and should connect to your identified practice problem of

Refer to “Research Critique
Part 1.” Questions under each heading should be addressed as a narrative,
in the structure of a formal paper.

Prepare this assignment according to
the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success
Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a rubric.
Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar
with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this
assignment to Turnitin.

Research Critique, Part 1

To write a critical appraisal that
demonstrates comprehension of the research study conducted, respond to each of
the questions listed under the headings below.

Do not answer the questions with a
yes or no; rather, provide a rationale or include examples or content from the
study to address the questions.


Problem Statement:

Identify the clinical problem and
research problem that led to the study. What was not known about the clinical problem
that, if understood, could be used to improve health care delivery or patient
outcomes? This gap in knowledge is the research problem.

How did the author establish the
significance of the study? In other words, why should the reader care about
this study? Look for statements about human suffering, costs of treatment, or
the number of people affected by the clinical problem.

Purpose and Research Questions:

Identify the purpose of the study.
An author may clearly state the purpose of the study or may describe the
purpose as the study goals, objectives, or aims.

List research questions that the
study was designed to answer. If the author does not explicitly provide the
questions, attempt to infer the questions from the answers.

Were the purpose and research
questions related to the problem?

Were qualitative methods appropriate
to answer the research questions?

Literature Review:

Did the author cite quantitative and
qualitative studies relevant to the focus of the study? What other types of
literature did the author include?

Are the references current? For
qualitative studies, the author may have included studies older than the 5-year
limit typically used for quantitative studies. Findings of older qualitative
studies may be relevant to a qualitative study.

Did the author evaluate or indicate
the weaknesses of the available studies?

Did the literature review include
adequate information to build a logical argument?

Conceptual / Theoretical Framework

Did the author identify a specific
perspective from which the study was developed? If so, what was it?

When a researcher uses the grounded
theory method of qualitative inquiry, the researcher may develop a framework or
diagram as part of the findings of the study. Was a framework developed from
the study findings?


Burns, N., & Grove, S.
(2011). Understanding Nursing Research (5th ed.).
Elsevier. ISBN-13: 9781437707502

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