Directions: Find a Nursing Qualitative article then answer all of the following questions thoroughly
Elements of style 1. Was there sufficient detail to enable critical appraisal?
2. Is there evidence that the researcher has the qualifications, knowledge, and expertise to conduct the research? 3. Does the abstract give a clear summary of the study, including the research problem, sample, methodology,
findings, and recommendations? 4. Is the title clear, accurate, and reflective of the topic and method?
Statement of the phenomenon of interest
1. Was the title clear, accurate, and related to the research question?
2. What is the phenomenon of interest and is it clearly stated for the reader?
3. What is the justification for using a qualitative method? 4. What are the philosophical underpinnings of the research method?
1. What is the purpose of the study? 2. What is the projected significance of the work to nursing?
1. Is protection of human participants addressed?
2. Did the author address IRB approval?
3. Were the participants fully informed about the nature of research
4. Did the researcher address participant autonomy and confidentiality?
1. Is the method used to collect data compatible with the purpose of the research?
2. Is the method adequate to address the phenomenon of interest?
3. If a particular approach is used to guide the inquiry, does the researcher complete the study according to processes described?
1. What type of sampling is used? Is it appropriate, given the particular method? 2. Are the informants who were chosen appropriate to inform the research? 3. Were the participants and setting adequately described and appropriate for informing the research? 4. Was saturation achieved?
I. Is data collection focused on human experience? 2. Does the researcher describe data collection strategies (i.e., interview, observation, field notes)? 3. Were the data gathered of sufficient depth and richness? 4. Were the questions asked and observations made and recorded in an appropriate way? 5. Is saturation of the data described? 6. What are the procedures for collecting data?
1. What strategies are used to analyze the data? 2. Has the researcher remained true to the data? 3. Is there a logical connection between raw data and themes?
4. Does the reader follow the steps described for data analysis?
Authenticity and trustworthiness of Credibility data
1. Does the researcher address the credibility, auditability, and transferability of the data?
2. Were the study purpose and method clearly described?
3. Do the participants recognize the experience as their own?
4. Has adequate time been allowed to fully understand the phenomenon?
1. Can the reader follow the researcher’s thinking?
2 Does the researcher document the research process?
3. Is there a logical connection between data and themes?
4. Is there a clear description of findings?
5. Is there agreement between the findings of the study and the conclusions?
Are the findings applicable outside of the study situation?
Was the selection of participants described?
Did participants fit the context of the study?
Are the results meaningful to individuals not involved in the research?
Is the strategy used for analysis compatible with the purpose of the study?
1. Are the findings presented within a context? 2. Is the reader able to apprehend the essence of the experience from the report of the findings? 3. Are the researcher’s conceptualizations true to the data? 4. Does the researcher place the report in the context of what is already known about the phenomenon? 5 Was the existing literature on the topic related to the findings?
Conclusions, implications, and recommendations
1. Do the conclusions, implications, and recommendations give the reader a context in which to use the finding?
2. How do the conclusions reflect the study findings? 3. What are the recommendations for future study? Do they reflect the findings? 4. How has the researcher made explicit the significance of the study to nursing theory, research, or practice