Quantitative Research Critique on Clinical Alarms In Intensive Care

Please use the following guide below to answer all the critique questions. I chose the following research paper to do the critique on: http://eds.b.ebscohost.com.db16.linccweb.org/ehost…

QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH CRITIQUE GUIDE

Use the following guide in writing the critique:

1. Statement of the Problem/Purpose

 Is the problem/purpose clearly stated?

 Is it easy to identify and locate?

 Is it significant to nursing?

2. Review of Literature

 Is it recent? Five years or newer?

 Were primary sources of authorities or experts used?

 Is it relevant to the stated problem?

 Does it provide a solid basis for the study?

3. Conceptual/Theoretical Framework

 Is there a theoretical or conceptual framework, rationale, and/or map, and (if so) is it appropriate? If not, is the absence of one justified?

 Are key concepts adequately defined conceptually?

4. Hypothesis(es) or research question(s)

 Are research questions and/or hypotheses explicitly stated? If not, is their absence justified?

 Are they adequately stated with clear specification of key variables and the study population?

 Are they placed in the contexts of a theoretical or conceptual framework?

5. Research Method(s)

 Were appropriate procedures used to safeguard the rights of study participants? Was the study subject to external review by an IRB/ethics review board?

 Was study designed to minimize risk?

6. Research Design

 Does the approach fit the purpose and hypothesis (es)?

 Was the most rigorous possible design used, given the purpose of the research?

 Was the number of data collection points appropriate?

 Did the design minimize biases and threats to internal construct, and external validity of the study?

7. Population and Sample

 Was the population properly identified and described? Was the sample described in sufficient detail?

 Was the best possible sampling design used to enhance the sample’s representativeness? Were sample biases minimized?

 Was the sample size adequate? Was a power analysis used to estimate sample size needs?

8. Data Collection and Measurement

 Are the operational and conceptual definitions congruent?

 Were key variables operationalized using the best possible method and with adequate justification?

 Are instruments objective? Reliable? Valid?

 Were data collected in a manner that minimized bias? Were the staff that collected data appropriately trained?

9. Data Analysis

 Were appropriate statistical methods used, given the level of measurement of the variables, number of groups being compared?

 Is a thorough descriptive analysis given?

10. Presentation of Findings/Implications

 Are all hypotheses discussed with findings adequately summarized, with appropriate use of tables and figures?

 Are findings reported in a manner that facilitates a meta-analysis and with sufficient information needed for evidence based practice?

 Were the recommendations for clinical practice and further research reasonable and complete?

 Are limitations presented and adequate?

APA FORMAT

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