A Process of Decision Making by Caregivers of Family Members with Heart Failure

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An Analysis of Standford et al.’s Study

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An Analysis of Sanford, Townsend-Rocchicciolli, Horigan, & Hall’s Study A Process of Decision Making by Caregivers of Family Members With Heart Failure A research critique submitted by Thelma Augustin, Melody Alexander, Ashley Breaux, Nissa Fisher, Kamaria Harris, Thao Huynh, Jeris Jensen, Leslie King, and Susan Livengood, Master of Science in Nursing Research College of Nursing 2012

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Design Sanford, Townsend-Rocchicciolli, Horigan, & Hall (2011) identified this qualitative study’s research tradition as following the grounded theory method to investigate the caregiver’s of heart failure (HF) patient’s decision making process.
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The research design was described fairly well; however, they could have given more information regarding the interviews and described the categorizing rubric. They stated

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that the participants were recruited over a period of 12 months, and it was not specified that this was enough time to build trust and rapport. Furthermore, the data was coded and placed into categories, but these categories were not outlined or described. Although, they did not identify the categories, I did find it pleasing they included the theory of triangulation by using interviews, observations, and document analysis to validate their work. Sampling Plan This is a qualitative design and a grounded theory method was used to examine the process of decision making among caregivers of patients with HF (Charmaz, 2006). As Polit and Beck (2012) stated, researchers collect data from a sample, which is a subset of the population. Using samples is more practical than collecting data from an entire population, but the risk is that the sample might not reflect the population’s traits. According to Sanford et al. (2011), after an IRB approval, twenty participants were recruited from cardiology offices, patient hospital units, or adult day care facilities over a 12-month period from 2008-2009. This study was limited to only one specific group of caregivers and examined decision making of these family members at different stages
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