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Qualitative Critique It is vital for nurse practitioners to be able to critique the appropriateness of research articles, especially in light of living in the technology age, which makes many research studies readily available to the public eye. This paper will examine one qualitative study to evaluate the study’s validity and the value of its findings. This will include an evaluation of the title, abstract, research question and problem statement, research tradition and design, sampling design, data collection and analysis methods, and quality and integrity of the research. Title The title of the research study is appropriate. It clearly states the key phenomenon and group under study (i.e. “Loss and Grief in Patients with Schizophrenia: On Living in Another World” (Mauritz & Van Meijel, 2009, p. 251)). There is one component from the research question that perhaps should be part of the title. The loss and grief experienced by the schizophrenic patients relates to the loss of normal capacities from their mental illness, not to how they experience loss and grief in relation to other people and situations. The title is slightly vague without this distinction. Abstract The abstract clearly and concisely summarizes the main areas of the report. It briefly summarizes the aim, method, results, discussion, and clinical implications of the study. Research Question, Statement of Problem and Background The research question is clearly stated on the 2nd page of the article. It is, “How do patients with schizophrenia experience and come to terms with the loss that their illness entails?” (Mauritz & Van Meijel, 2009, p. 252). The research question is congruent with the approach used. The question is subjective, requiring a subjective interpretation. This is a common form of a research question that is used in qualitative research. Grounded

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