1Running Head: RESEARCH STUDIES CRITIQUE PART 1Critique of Research Studies: Part 1Marcie K. WatanabeGrand Canyon UniversityNUR-504: Health Care Research Analysis and Utilization August 29, 2018
2RESEARCH STUDIES CRITIQUE PART 1Critique of Research Studies: Part 1This paper offers critiques of two research articles. A study conducted by Hillman, Tabrizi, Gauda, Carson, and Aucott (2015) was selected as an example of an observational quantitative design. The qualitative study published in 2016 by Dames, Alves, Rodrigues, de Souza, Medeiros, & Paiva is exploratory and descriptive in nature. These studies were chosen as they are a subject matter of interest. Part 1 of this critique addresses the title, abstract and introduction of each study.Critique of a Quantitative StudyTitleFor their study, “The Neonatal Pain, Agitation and Sedation Scale and the Bedside Nurse’s Assessment of Neonates,”Hillman et al. (2015) chose a title which is succinct and lists the study’s key variables, which are the Neonatal Pain, Agitation and Sedation Scale (N-PASS) as compared to the bedside nurse’s assessment. The title also clearly identifies the researchers’ target population, the neonate. This title accurately identifies the basic intent of the study.AbstractA study’s abstract should be clear and concise and should offer an accurate preview of thestudy itself (Polit & Beck, 2017). Hillman et al. (2015) clearly state their study’s objective whichis to “determine the reliability of an objective measure of pain, agitation and sedation using the Neonatal Pain, Agitation and Sedation Scale (N-PASS) compared with nursing bedside assessment” (p. 128). Within their description of the study’s design, Hillman et al. (2105) clarifythat their target population is neonates admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). A summary of the study’s results is also given in the abstract, and based on those results, the researchers offer a succinct, feasible conclusion.
3RESEARCH STUDIES CRITIQUE PART 1Statement of the ProblemWithin their article’s introduction, Hillman et al. (2015) discuss the need for accurately