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Critical Reading

Research Article Critique Checklist

from Ridsdale; Practitioner, 238:108-13. 1994.

Introduction

  1. Is the study relevant & important to our practice?
  2. Is the work useful & original? Does it add to the fund of useful knowledge?
  3. Was the study setting similar enough to our working environment that, assuming the results are valid, they may be extrapolated to our practice?

Methods

  1. Was the architecture or design of the study appropriate to answer the questions posed in the introduction?
  2. Is the connection betw. the hypothesis & the instruments used clearly justified?
  3. Is the relationship betw. outcomes & measures plausible?
  4. Are the instrments used appropriate to the study & have they been validated previously?
  5. Are the population & the population sample defined & recognisably similar to that seen in practice?
  6. Are the recruitment definitions & inclusion/exclusion criteria clearly stated?
  7. Is the sample size sufficient to answer the questions posed, & has there been an attempt to estimate the required numbers in advance?


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