Qualitative Article Critique

from the choices provided within the module. Read the article and then review the checklist of items for each section of the article. In Column C, indicate if the article addressed the items in the corresponding row by writing Yes, No, or N/A. If the item is asking for a specific response, address the question in 1-3 sentences in the corresponding row.Rate each section of the article on a scale of 1-5, with 1 being very low quality and 5 as very high quality. Place an “X” in the gray area directly below the rating. Include a comment in the relevant row to support the evaluation.In each section, highlight the strengths and opportunities (if applicable) to justify your ratings.Assignment ScoreFaculty Comments
TitleCheckYes, No, N/A12345StrengthsOpportunities for Improvement5 points
X
Is the title specific, concise, and effective in helping you to understand what the article is about?5
AbstractCheckYes, No, N/AXStrengthsOpportunities for Improvement5 points
Does the abstract clearly and concisely summarize the research problem, sample, methodology, findings, and recommendations, and key words?5
Introduction/Literature ReviewYes, No, N/AXStrengthsOpportunities for Improvement15 points
Is the statement or the problem introduced?15
Is the purpose of the study and its aims clearly stated?
Does the research question(s) align with the purpose of the study?
Is the importance of the research inquiry stated?
Is the theoretical or conceptual framework described? If not, should there be?
Does the literature support the need for the study?
Is the literature review comprehensive, relevant, and current?
Are the majority of sources original research published in peer-reviewed journals?
MethodCheckYes, No, N/AXStrengthsOpportunities for Improvement15 points
Is the research design appropriate for the study?15
Is there a philosophical approach underlying the study? If so, is it clear as to why the approach was utilized?
Is it clear whether the method focuses on individual experiences or to a group related phenomenon?
Is the study population clearly stated? (including type of sample, eligibility and exclusion criteria, sample size)?
Is the sampling method appropriate?
Were ethical issues addressed?
Did the study receive IRB approval?
Did the researcher try to minimize bias?
Do the sources of data collection relevant to address the research question(s)?
Were data collection procedures clear?
Was it clear how the data were analyzed?
Was data saturation received?
Did the researcher include at least one of the following strategies to enhance the quality of the study: triangulation, external audits, member checking, negative case analysis, peer review /debriefing, prolonged engagement/persistent observation, or reflexivity?
FindingsYes, No, N/AXStrengthsOpportunities for Improvement15 points
Are the results explained in a relationship to the theoretical framework?15
Are the findings relevant to the purpose of the study and the research question(s)?
Are the results explained in a relationship to the theoretical framework?
Based on the data presented, are the findings credible?
Can the sources of data be confirmed with an audit trail?
Discussion/ConclusionCheckYes, No, N/AXStrengthsOpportunities for Improvement15 points
Is the researcher’s interpretation of the data realistic?15
Can the conceptual findings be applied beyond the context of study?
Were the limitations and related implications discussed?
Would a similar study yield similar results?
Are there recommendations for practice?
Are there recommendations for future research?
Report QualityCheckYes, No, N/AXStrengthsOpportunities for Improvement15 points
Is the article well written, free of grammatical errors, concise yet complete, organized?15
Are all images, tables, or figures clearly labeled and understandable?
Are authors’ affiliations and any conflicts of interest discussed?
If applicable, is the study’s funding source or donation of any study items (e.g., dietary supplements, foods) disclosed?
Are the majority of sources cited in the introduction and discussion original research published in peer-reviewed journals? Are they mostly recent (within ~ 5 years prior publication)?
Points Earned from Rating Table85
Points Earned on Final Feedback15
Overall Rating of Article12345ExceptionalTotal Points for Assignment100
XRefer to your notes above to respond to the three questions in the space below (in less than 150 words per question).
1. Identify three strengths of the article and explain the reasons why.
2. Identify three opportunities to improve the article and explain the reasons why.
3. Offer your ideas for future research that expands upon this study.
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*Checklist adapted from Jolley (2013, pp. 216-219); Kaplan (n.d.). http://www.nursingworld.org/research-toolkit/Framework-for-How-to-Read-and-Critique-a-Research-Study); Ryan, Coughlan, and Cronin (2007).

Validation

YesExceptional3
NoSatisfactory2
Needs ImprovementNeeds Improvement1
N/A