Quantitative Critique Outline & Rubric
Using the information in Nieswiadomy (2018) and rubric below, each student will write a critique of an assigned quantitative research article. The paper is to be in APA style and incorporate appropriate grammar, spelling, sentence structure and format for a scholarly paper.
Quantitative Article Critique Guideline Content (70 points possible)
Title and Abstract, Authors:
Does the title suggest the key phenomenon and the group/person under study?
Is the abstract helpful to the reader? Why?
What evidence is provided to indicate that the researchers are qualified to conduct this study?
Problem statement and purpose, research question:
Identify the problem. Is the problem clearly stated?
What is the stated purpose of the study?
What is the research question? Is it clearly identified? If not, what is the implied question in PICO format?
Literature Review and Framework:
Was the literature review comprehensive and thorough?
Do the findings justify the need for this study?
Is a theoretical framework identified?
What is the hypothesis?
Is the hypothesis easy to find?
Is it simple/complex, directional or nondirectional?
What are the variables of interest:
Identify the independent and dependent variables.
How is the author controlling for extraneous variables?
Design and Sample:
What is the design of the study?
What method did the author/researcher use to collect the desired data?
What sampling method was used?
How were the participants recruited?
Discuss specific risks or benefits to the sampling method.
How did the researcher implement the study?
Where did the study take place?
What instruments were used to collect the data?
Were the instruments used valid and reliable?
What evidence is provided to indicate that the study subject’s rights are protected?
Analysis, Results and Internal Validity:
What kind of data analysis was done? T-tests, ANOVA, Chi-square, correlations, etc.
Were they appropriate?
What are the reported results from the data analysis?
Are you confident that the intervention is truly responsible for the difference between the groups? Why?
Limitations and Nursing Implications
What (if any) limitations were identified by the authors?
Were any future studies were identified by the author(s)?
How will these results influence practice?
Grammar, spelling, paragraph formation/development