• Examine the study framework or theoretical perspective- is the framework explicit or implied? Does it describe relationships between the major concepts of the study? • List research objectives, questions, or hypotheses- after identifying these study variables categorize them as independent or dependent for interventional studies and look for operational definitions provided by the author• Identify and define study and demographic variables- were they adequate in describing the sample population• Identify the research design- identification of a treatment or intervention. If the study has more than one group, how are subjects assigned to groups? Which extraneous variables were identified and how were they controlled? • Identify sample and setting- identify inclusion and exclusion. Discuss IRB approval, including the informed consent process used in the study. Setting- is it appropriate for the study purpose? • Discuss measurement strategy- how did the research measured the dependent or outcome variable? discuss the reliability and validity of the measurement tool used • Describe data collection procedure- describe procedures for data collection.• Identify statistical tests used- identify which statistical tests were used to analyze study data
• Discuss study findings- summarize study findings2. Determine strengths and limitations• What study limitations did researcher identify?- • Were there any unexpected findings?- • How did researcher generalize the findings?- • What were the implications of findings for nursing practice?- • What suggestions for further study were identified?- 3. Evaluate study credibility and meaning- Address the quality of the study:• Does study contribute to the body of knowledge, and in what way?- • Are recommendations for application to practice appropriate and current?-
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