Evaluate the representativeness of sample in relation to target population

Research Critique
Purpose: This assignment allows students to demonstrate their ability to integrate
and apply knowledge in relation to critically evaluating published research studies
as a foundation for making evidence-based practice decisions.
1. Choose from among the articles preselected by instructor to complete
2. Body of paper should be 10 to 12 double-spaced pages with a complete APA
reference list
3. ******No more than 2 quotes can be used in paper
4. Use APA format for development of paper
5. Use 3 relevant peer-reviewed research articles (Ive attached them; dont
worry about reading too much into them or the details) should be used (in addition
article that is being critiqued) to guide thinking about critique
6. Submit to turn-it in and revise as necessary to obtain originality score of
less than 25%
7. Introduction paragraph that :
i. Provides engaging opening
ii. Discusses purpose of you writing this essay
iii. Discusses relevance of assignment to evidence-based practice (EBP)
8. Discuss the strengths and limitations of the study authors in relation to
their ability/credibility in carrying out the study
9. Discuss major themes addressed in the lit review
10. Discuss the strengths and limitations of the literature review section
11. Articulate the gap (problem statement) identified by the author (s)
12. Articulate the study purpose
13. Evaluate the consistency between the lit review problem and purpose
14. Identify target population for study
15. Discuss sampling procedure used in the study
16. Discuss major characteristics of sample (age race/ethnicity gender
education income geographic location number of participants in study other
important characteristics relevant to study).
17. Evaluate the representativeness of sample in relation to target population
18. Articulate research design
19. Assess the strengths and limitations of study design in relation to study
20. Articulate the major study variables (no more than 2 for this critique)
21. Provide a step by step overview of the data collection process used
22. Describe the tools/instruments used to collect data to measure variables
(outcome measures)
a. Format (paper pencil online telephone interview)
b. Name of survey or questionnaire
c. Number of items in survey or questionnaire
d. Type of survey or questionnaire (short answer true false Likert Scale)
e. Describe other data collection tools (if applicable)
f. Discuss how reliability and validity of data collection methods were
23. Discuss strengths and limitations of data collection process in relation to
study purpose
24. Describe process used to protect participants
25. Evaluate strengths and limitations of process used to protect participants
based on 3 principles guiding the ethical conduct of research
26. Provide an overview of data analysis process
27. Discuss descriptive and inferential statistics used to analyze data and
evaluate appropriateness of statistics in relation to study purpose and level of
28. Describe processes used to ensure analysis and interpretation were accurate
29. Discuss statistically significant findings (results) of study related to
primary variables
30. Discuss clinically relevant findings
31. Discuss the believability of study findings and provide rationale for
32. Describe major study limitations and discuss impact on usefulness of study
to guide evidence based practice
33. Discuss major implications of study findings (results)
34. Provide conclusion that:
a. Summarizes major points of critique
b. Describes one thing you learned about the topic of interest and how you can
apply this knowledge to your future practice as a nursing student/nurse
c. Describes one thing that you learned about the relationship between research
and EBP through completion of this critique