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Not completed: Critical Appraisal of Qualitative Research
Directions: Write a fully developed and detailed APA essay addressing each of the following points/questions. Separate each section in your paper with a clear heading that allows your professor to know which bullet you are addressing in that section of your paper. Review the rubric criteria for this assignment.
The Task: Conduct a literature search to select a qualitative research study on the topic identified in Module 1. Conduct an initial critical appraisal of the study. Respond to the overview questions for the critical appraisal of qualitative studies, including:
What type of qualitative research design was utilized to conduct the study?
Are the results valid/trustworthy and credible?
How were the participants chosen?
How were accuracy and completeness of data assured?
How plausible/believable are the results?
Are implications of the research stated?
May new insights increase sensitivity to others’ needs?
May understandings enhance situational competence?
What is the effect on the reader?
Are the results plausible and believable?
Is the reader imaginatively drawn to the experience?
What are the results of the study?
Does the research approach fit the purpose of the study?
How does the researcher identify the study approach?
Are the data collection and analysis techniques appropriate?
Is the significance/importance of the study explicit?
Does the literature support a need for the study?
What is the study’s potential contribution?
Is the sampling clear and guided by study needs?
Does the researcher control selection of the sample?
Do sample size and composition reflect the study needs?
Is the phenomenon (human experience) clearly identified?
Are data collection procedures clear?
Are sources and means of verifying data explicit?
Are researcher roles and activities explained?
Are data analysis procedures described?
Does analysis guide directions of sampling when it ends?
Are data management processes described?
What are the reported results (descriptive or interpretation)?
How are specific findings presented?
Are the data meanings derived from data described in context?
Does the writing effectively promote understanding?
Will the results help me care for my patients?
Are the results relevant to persons in similar situations?
Are the results relevant to patient values and/or circumstances?
How may the results be applied to clinical practice?
Please be sure to answer the questions thoroughly using complete sentences and APA format. Explain responses to yes/no questions in detail by presenting information found in the study to support your response.
This critical appraisal must be written in complete sentences (not just a numbered list) using APA format.
Provide a reference for the article according to APA format and a copy of the article.
Purpose: To allow students to apply the phases of critical appraisal to the selection of qualitative articles by understanding questions to ask of all studies. Students will also be able to better understand the markers of good research for qualitative studies.
Assignment Expectations:
Length: Clearly and fully answer all questions; attach a copy of the article
Structure: Include a title page and reference page in APA format. Your essay must include an introduction and a conclusion.
References: Use appropriate APA style in-text citations and references for all resources utilized to answer the questions. A minimum of one (1) scholarly source for the article is required for this assignment.
Rubric: This assignment uses a rubric for scoring. Please review it as part of your assignment preparation and again prior to submission to ensure you have addressed its criteria at the highest level.

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