Qualitative Research Study Exercise
Qualitative Research Study Exercise
Write a fully developed and detailed APA essay addressing each of the following points/questions. There is no required word count; be sure to completely answer all the questions for each question in detail. 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. Support your ideas with at least two (2) sources using citations in your essay.
Conduct a literature search to select a qualitative research study on the topic identified in the first Module. 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?
o How were the participants chosen?
o How were accuracy and completeness of data assured?
o How plausible/believable are the results?
Are implications of the research stated?
o May new insights increase sensitivity to others’ needs?
o May understandings enhance situational competence?
What is the effect on the reader?
o Are the results plausible and believable?
o Is the reader imaginatively drawn to the experience?
What are the results of the study?
o Does the research approach fit the purpose of the study?
How does the researcher identify the study approach?
o Are the data collection and analysis techniques appropriate?
Is the significance/importance of the study explicit?
o Does the literature support a need for the study?
o What is the study’s potential contribution?
Is the sampling clear and guided by study needs?
o Does the researcher control selection of the sample?
o Do sample size and composition reflect the study needs?
o Is the phenomenon (human experience) clearly identified?
Are data collection procedures clear?
o Are sources and means of verifying data explicit?
o Are researcher roles and activities explained?
Are data analysis procedures described?
o Does analysis guide directions of sampling when it ends?
o Are data management processes described?
o What are the reported results (descriptive or interpretation)?
How are specific findings presented?
o Are the data meanings derived from data described in context?
o Does the writing effectively promote understanding?
Will the results help me care for my patients?
o Are the results relevant to persons in similar situations?
o Are the results relevant to patient values and/or circumstances?
o 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.
Clearly and fully answer all questions; attach a copy of the article
Melnyk, B. M. & Fineout-Overholt, E. (2015). Evidence-based practice in nursing & healthcare: A guide to best practice (3rd ed.). Wolters Kluwer Health. ISBN: 978-1-4511-9094-6 Chapters 6
You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.
Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.
Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.
The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.