Defining a Role for Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioners in Rural Nova Scotia

| February 24, 2015
Prepare a critical analysis of a quantitative study focusing on protection of human participants, data collection, data analysis, problem statement, and interpretation of findings. Each study analysis will be 750-1,000 words and submitted in one document. Refer to the resource Research Critique, Part 2. Questions under each heading should be addressed as a narrative, in the structure of a formal paper. Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required. This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment. Submit the assignment along with an electronic version of the article used for the analysis. If an electronic version is not available, submit a clean unmarked copy of the article.
Research Critique, Part 2
To write a critical appraisal that demonstrates comprehension of the research study conducted, respond to each of the questions listed under the headings below. Do not answer the questions with a yes or no; rather, provide a rationale or include examples or content from the study to address the questions.
Protection of Human Participants
Identify the benefits and risks of participation addressed by the authors. Were there benefits or risks the authors do not identify?
Was informed consent obtained from the subjects or participants?
Did it seem that the subjects participated voluntarily in the study?
Was institutional review board approval obtained from the agency in which the study was conducted?
Data Collection
Are the major variables (independent and dependent variables) identified and defined? What were these variables?
How were data collected in this study?
What rationale did the author provide for using this data collection method?
Identify the time period for data collection of the study.
Describe the sequence of data collection events for a participant.
Data Management and Analysis
Describe the data management and analysis methods used in the study.
Did the author discuss how the rigor of the process was assured? For example, does the author describe maintaining a paper trail of critical decisions that were made during the analysis of the data? Was statistical software used to ensure accuracy of the analysis?
What measures were used to minimize the effects of researcher bias (their experiences and perspectives)? For example, did two researchers independently analyze the data and compare their analyses?
Findings / Interpretation of Findings
What is the researcher’s interpretation of findings?
Are the findings valid or an accurate reflection of reality? Do you have confidence in the findings?
What limitations of the study were identified by researchers?
Was there a coherent logic to the presentation of findings?
What implications do the findings have for nursing practice? For example, can the study findings be applied to general nursing practice, to a specific population, to a specific area of nursing?
What suggestions are made for further studies?
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