Research Critique

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Lucy Quarman – February 2011 | NJ253 – Research Appreciation | Showing evidence of an appropriate framework, analyse one research article, focusing on the utility and relevance of the research to professional practice. | Word count: 2,991 | Nursing research is needed in order to generate knowledge that will influence nursing practice, both directly and indirectly. The process of critiquing pieces of research is poorly understood by many nurses, but intellectual critiques of studies are essential in developing and refining nursing knowledge (Burns and Grove, 2005). Nurses need to be able to question the credibility of the findings and the quality of the studies; such skills enable the nurse to synthesize the most significant and appropriate empirical evidence for application to their own practice (Brown, 1999). Research approaches can be both qualitative and quantitative; this assignment will use the framework by Kneale and Santy (1998) to critique a quantitative research study titled ‘Procedural pain and anxiety in paediatric patients in a Mexican emergency department’ undertaken by Ortiz, Lopez-Zarco and Arreola-Bautista (2012). The framework followed includes guidelines on how to critique a quantitative piece in a structured fashion. This article in particular has been chosen because both pain and anxiety and the correlation between them are issues many nurses deal with in different contexts and situations every day, regardless of their speciality or branch. The article at the subject of this assignment was published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing (JAN), the world’s most cited peer-reviewed nursing journal with an impact factor of 1.477 (Wiley Online, 2011). Although at the top of the article it states that the research was accepted for publication in the journal on 4th February 2012, it is not clearly seen when it was submitted prior to publication.

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