Critical Analysis Guide: Quantitative Study
Select a quantitative research study related to your research question.
Read the article carefully and answer the following questions using the following grid.
Include a copy of the research article with this assignment.
|What was the purpose of the study?|
|What was the hypothesis of the study?|
|What theoretical or conceptual framework was used? If none specified, what might they have used?|
|What kind of quantitative design was used?|
|What was the sample size and how was the sample obtained?|
|How was the sample size determined?|
|What inclusion or exclusion criteria were used?|
|Were important extraneous variables and bias controlled? If not, what should the researcher have controlled for?|
|How were the rights of the participants protected?|
|What methods were used to collect data? (e.g. sequence, timing, types of data and measures)|
|What instruments were used to collect the data?|
|Were the measuring instruments reliable and valid? What reliability and validity were reported?|
|How were data analyzed? What test(s) was/were used?|
|What were the main findings?|
|Are the findings consistent with findings from other studies? E.g., in the Discussion or Conclusions section, is there a review of how these results compare or contrast with prior research?|
|Are the findings clinically significant?|
|Could/would you use this as basis for changing practice? Why?|