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NURS2000 Critical Review of a Published Research Article Assessment Answer

Length; 1,500 words +/- 10%Worth: 40% of total unit mark

For your first assessment in this unit, you will write a critical review of a published research article.

Please select one of the following articles. These articles have been selected in keeping with the learning outcomes for this unit (You will find these in your reading list under Assessments):

Assessment Requirements

The purpose of this critical review is to demonstrate an understanding of your chosen article in terms of its; relevance to you as a student RN/Paramedic, research robustness, reference to psychosocial issues (both stated and potential), and how these impact the health and wellbeing of families, contribution to the interdisciplinary approach, and finally its meaningfulness to your own clinical practice.

In order to achieve this, you will need to consider the strengths and weaknesses within the article in relation to each of these areas so that you can present a fair and reasoned critique. Please follow the following guidelines carefully and refer to the marking rubric where these are reflected:

  1. Your succinct introduction should outline the purpose of your paper and:
    1. identify the aim of the article,
    2. include a brief summary of the research setting, sample, andfindings
    3. conclude your introduction with a general statement about the review (e.g., “The article contributes to best practice….” or “The value of this article is its contribution to the professional knowledge of nursing/paramedic students by….”). Please use your own statement. The position you take should be justified in the body of your critical review.
  2. Your critical review will identify the study design (including research methods used by the authors) and critically analyse the design in relation to strengths and limitations of the chosen research methodology and the aims of the study.
  3. Consider how this article can assist healthcare providers to consider psychosocial factors that are associated with the chronic disease(s) AND identify what psychosocial issues this article either does or could draw attention to. Your critical review will also identify and explain how these psychosocial factors impact individuals and/or families and their responses to the chronic illness.
  4. Your critical review will then include your understanding of the interdisciplinary approach and follow with an explanation in terms of strengths and limitations how the article can contribute to the interdisciplinary approach and knowledge to achieve best practice management of chronic illness. It is important here that you demonstrate an understanding of what the interdisciplinary approach is.
  5. Your critical review will explain how the article would be applied to your own clinical practice as a Student RN/Paramedic. For example, explain how the insights gained from the article would specifically improve your current approach to working with people with chronic illness or reduce barriers associated with seeking information about their needs. Please use your own ideas.

In addition, your paper should demonstrate:

  1. Correct use of APA (7th ed.) formatting of references in-text and end-text reference list which should include additional academic references to support your claims. You are not expected to provide an extensive list of references for this assessment, as your focus is primarily on your chosen article. However, any resources you use to justify your critique, including citation and reference to the article which you are reviewing, should be referenced according to APA (7th ed.) standards. 
  2. Your paper should have a coherent structure, including a brief introduction and conclusion and should clearly address each of the above criteria. It should be written in appropriate formal academic English writing style including grammar, vocabulary, and sentence structure. It should be in 1.5 line spacing throughout (including the reference list) and have page numbers on the document. Few spelling, formatting and punctuation errors should be present. If you need support with writing or English expression, seek assistance from The Learning Centre or the English at Health Sciences websites. Writing a critical review requires you to be succinct. With a word count of 1500 words it is recommended you refine your paper over time in order to achieve this.

Useful Resources For Completing This Assessment

A critical review should demonstrate an understanding of both the content and the intended purpose of the article being examined. The following resources may be useful as a prompt to undertaking a critical review and identifying the study design (point 2 in the criteria).

  • Barkway, P. (2013). Research for health professionals. In P. Barkway (Ed.), Psychology for health professionals (2nd ed., pp. 130-155). Chatswood, NSW: Churchill Livingstone.
  • Ryan, F., Coughlan, M., & Cronin, P. (2007). Step-by-step guide to critiquing research. Part 2: Qualitative research. British Journal of Nursing, 16, 738-744. 
  • Chapter 4 (“Reading and Critiquing Research Articles”) from Polit, D. F., & Beck, C. T. (2014). Essentials of nursing research: Appraising evidence for nursing practice (8th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott and Wilkins.

Submitting Your Critical Review For Assessment

You are required to submit your assessments to Blackboard via Turnitin. Turnitin is used at Curtin to help students identify academic integrity issues and therefore avoid potential plagiarism. Turnitin is "an electronic text matching system that compares text in a student assessment against electronic text on the Internet, in published works, on commercial databases, and in assessments previously submitted to Turnitin by students in universities all over the world, including assessment obtained from internet sites that sell student papers”. For more information, view Curtin's Turnitin for Students web page. When you submit a paper to Turnitin, an Originality Report is generated, highlighting the passages of text that are not original. Each highlighted passage is linked to the original source or other secondary sources that also match. The proportion of your paper that matches to the sources in the Turnitin database is reported as the Similarity Index.

Curtin does not define a 'safe' level for the similarity index or percentage nor is there a level that signals that plagiarism has occurred - you must look at the highlighting in the report itself. You will have an opportunity to submit draft assessments and review the Originality Report, which will enable you to refine, edit, and remove plagiarised material prior to submitting your final assessment. Only the final assessment will be marked. Please also be mindful of self-plagiarism; you cannot reuse work which you have previously submitted for assessment in this unit or in other units. Markers will also be carefully checking your source literature to ensure that you are accurately reflecting and paraphrasing/quoting from the source you are citing. It is very important that you do not fabricate or falsely attribute content or ideas to the literature you cite as this is one of the most serious breaches of Academic Integrity. This assessment must be wholly completed and written by you - if we suspect that your assessment has been written by someone else, we reserve the right to ask you to explain and defend the work you have submitted as your own, in person.

Ensure you have the most recent Curtin guide to APA referencing.


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