¢ State the problem clearly as it is presented in the report.
¢ Have the investigators placed the study problem within the context of existing knowledge?
¢ Will the study solve a problem relevant to nursing?
¢ State the purpose of the research.
Review of the Literature
¢ Identify the concepts explored in the literature review.
¢ Were the references current? If not, what do you think the reasons are?
¢ Are the theoretical concepts defined and related to the research?
¢ Does the research draw solely on nursing theory or does it draw on theory from other disciplines?
¢ Is a theoretical framework stated in this research piece?
¢ If not, suggest one that might be suitable for the study.
¢ What are the independent and dependent variables in this study?
¢ Are the operational definitions of the variables given? If so, are they concrete and measurable?
¢ Is the research question or the hypothesis stated? What is it?
¢ What type of design (quantitative, qualitative, and type) was used in this study?
¢ Was inductive or deductive reasoning used in this study?
¢ State the sample size and study population, sampling method, and study setting.
¢ Did the investigator choose a probability or non-probability sample?
¢ State the type of reliability and the validity of the measurement tools.
¢ Were ethical considerations addressed?
¢ What data analysis tool was used?
¢ How were the results presented in the study?
¢ Identify at least one (1) finding.
Summary/Conclusions, Implications, and Recommendations
¢ What are the strengths and limitations of the study?
¢ In terms of the findings, can the researcher generalize to other populations? Explain.
¢ Evaluate the findings and conclusions as to their significance for nursing.