balanced constructive review including strengths H e a l t h M e d i c a l
Critique: The goal is a balanced constructive review including strengths and weaknesses as well as providing suggestions for how the study might be improved. Keep in mind that you are critiquing the article to determine if it can or should be used in your practice as a nurse. It is insufficient to answer “yes” or “no” to the questions without providing the rationale for your answer.
Instructions: Use the article attached below to critique in correct APA format, and then answer the following questions in this format:
No extra references, just the one provided
1. Research Problem
a) Is the problem identified clearly?
b) Is the problem significant, and do(es) the researcher(s) provide a good
argument for significance?
c) Is the problem relevant to nursing/health care?
2. Literature Review
a) Is it convincing that the author(s) reviewed a sufficient amount of
literature? Is the review comprised only of primary sources? Are
references current, or a combination of current and classic?
b) Is the review balanced, presenting literature that supports and that
differs from the researcher(s) position?
c) Is the review written critically, presenting both strengths and weaknesses of
3. Theoretical Framework
a) Is a theoretical framework specified?
b) If so, does the framework “fit” the problem? Does it include all
relevant variables? Are the concepts (variables) clearly defined?
Are the results interpreted in reference to the theoretical framework?
c) If not, should there be one? Is it difficult to understand the
relationships among the variables in the study without a framework to
tie the pieces together? (Note: qualitative research, descriptive
studies, and physiologic studies typically will not specify a
a) Are the variables in the study appropriate to the problem? Are they
relevant to nursing practice? Are the means to measure the
b) Are hypotheses stated? If so, what are they? Are they clear,
specific and testable?
c) If not, do(es) the researcher(s) provide sufficient information to
determine what the hypotheses were?