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Running head: SUBSTANCE CONTINUATION AND DISCONTINUATIONA Student Research Study Critique: Reasons for substance use continuation and discontinuation during pregnancyPatricia WrightAthabasca UniversityNursing 328December 11, 2019
2SUBSTANCE CONTINUATION AND DISCONTINUATIONOverall SummaryThis is a well written and interesting report of a study on a significant topic. Substance use in pregnancy is associated with physical and psychosocial harm to both the mother and child.(Latuskie et al., 2019) Many women continue to use substances throughout pregnancy despite advances in treatments and research. (Finnegan, 2013) This study uses a qualitative method to attempt to understand women’s experiences during pregnancy related to substance abuse and the reasons why they continue or discontinue to use substances. The use of focus groups for women who were already active members at Breaking the Cycle (BTC) in Toronto was useful for collecting the data as the women were already familiar with this type of setting and using currentemployees in the groups helped the women to be comfortable discussing personal issues more freely. TitleThis title is appropriate for the study and was effective on describing key elements of the study. It also conveyed that this would be a qualitative study. I would not add or change the titleat all.AbstractThe abstract is written mas an informative abstract with subheadings covering background, purpose, methods, results and conclusions. The background is short and to the pointfor the study. It informs the reader of the reasons for the study but does not go into deep explanations. The purpose of the study was stated clearly and is easy to understand.