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a quantitative, peer-reviewed research article about diabetes and the benefits of exercising after a meal. To help reduce blood sugareIn a 1000-1,250 word essay, summarize the study, explain the ways in which the findings might be used in nursing practice, and address ethical considerations associated with the conduct of the study.Refer to the resource “Research Critique Guidelines” for suggested headings and content for your paper.Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. Thesis required, make sure it is comprehensive and contains the essence of the paper. Thesis statement makes the purpose of the paper clear.Suggestions for locating qualitative and quantitative research articles from credible sources:Use a library database such as CINAHL Complete for your search.Using the advanced search page check the box beside “Research Article” in the “Limit Your Results” section.When setting up the search you can type your topic in the top box, then add qualitative as a search term in one of the lower boxes. Research articles often are described as quantitative.
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Research Critique Guidelines
To write a critical appraisal that demonstrates comprehension of the research study conducted,
address each component below for the quantitative study in the Topic 3 assignment.
Successful completion of this assignment requires that you provide a rationale, include examples,
or reference content from the study in your responses.
Quantitative Study
Background of Study:

Identify the clinical problem and research problem that led to the study. What was not
known about the clinical problem that, if understood, could be used to improve health
care delivery or patient outcomes? This gap in knowledge is the research problem.

How did the author establish the significance of the study? In other words, why should
the reader care about this study? Look for statements about human suffering, costs of
treatment, or the number of people affected by the clinical problem.

Identify the purpose of the study. An author may clearly state the purpose of the study or
may describe the purpose as the study goals, objectives, or aims.

List research questions that the study was designed to answer. If the author does not
explicitly provide the questions, attempt to infer the questions from the answers.

Were the purpose and research questions related to the problem?
Methods of Study

Identify the benefits and risks of participation addressed by the authors. Were there
benefits or risks the authors do not identify?

Was informed consent obtained from the subjects or participants?

Did it seem that the subjects participated voluntarily in the study?

Was institutional review board approval obtained from the agency in which the study was
conducted?

Are the major variables (independent and dependent variables) identified and defined?
What were these variables?

How were data collected in this study?

What rationale did the author provide for using this data collection method?

Identify the time period for data collection of the study.

Describe the sequence of data collection events for a participant.

Describe the data management and analysis methods used in the study.

Did the author discuss how the rigor of the process was assured? For example, does the
author describe maintaining a paper trail of critical decisions that were made during the
analysis of the data? Was statistical software used to ensure accuracy of the analysis?

What measures were used to minimize the effects of researcher bias (their experiences
and perspectives)? For example, did two researchers independently analyze the data and
compare their analyses?
Results of Study

What is the researcher’s interpretation of findings?

Are the findings valid or an accurate reflection of reality? Do you have confidence in the
findings?

What limitations of the study were identified by researchers?

Was there a coherent logic to the presentation of findings?

What implications do the findings have for nursing practice? For example, can the
findings of the study be applied to general nursing practice, to a specific population, or to
a specific area of nursing?

What suggestions are made for further studies?
Ethical Considerations

Was the study approved by an Institutional Review Board?

Was patient privacy protected?

Were there ethical considerations regarding the treatment or lack of?
Conclusion

Emphasize the importance and congruity of the thesis statement.

Provide a logical wrap-up to bring the appraisal to completion and to leave a lasting
impression and take-away points useful in nursing practice.

Incorporate a critical appraisal and a brief analysis of the utility and applicability of the
findings to nursing practice.

Integrate a summary of the knowledge learned.
Reference
Burns, N., & Grove, S. (2011). Understanding nursing research (5th ed.). St. Louis, MO:
Elsevier.
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