Research Critique

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INTRODUCTION: A quantitative research study was conducted on the subjective burden experienced by nurses when caring for patients with delirium, studied by Mc Donnell, Siobhan and Timmins, Fiona in 2012. DATA COLLECTION: Data were collected in the Republic of Ireland using the Strain of Care for Delirium Index (SCDI) developed and tested by Milisen et al. (2004). This tool was constructed from items derived from the clinical assessment of confusion (CAC-A) which were later adapted to specifically refer to common behaviors associated with delirium (Milisen et al. 2004). ). Data collected from 12 nurses on two separate occasions, two weeks apart, provided a correlation coefficient of 0Æ88, and thus, reliability was confirmed (Burns & Grove 2011). The questionnaire was also further tested by pilot study (n = 20) and no changes to design or approach were required. . Using this survey, nurses first provided basic demographic data. In addition, respondents were asked to score the degree of perceived difficulty dealing with patients who display the stated behaviors. These 20 items were presented within four sections, which reflected the categories of delirium. The tool provided respondents with four closed response options ranging from ‘quite easy’ (1) to ‘very difficult’ (4). The tools used in the data collection seem reliable, adequately described and well understood. Ethical approval was granted by the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University. The sampling methodology employed ensured that the researchers could not link the subject’s identity with his/her responses, thereby guaranteeing complete anonymity. All potential participants were completely unknown to the researcher, and no names or codes were used in the data collection, thus enabling the Clinical issues Subjective burden 201. DATA ANALYSIS: Quantitative data were analyzed using the Statistical

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