A Research Study Of Nurses ' Beliefs And Practice

1395 WordsMay 11, 20176 Pages
End-of-life care in the intensive care setting: A descriptive exploratory qualitative study of nurses’ beliefs and practice, is a research article chosen for this essay. This critical review will include an appraisal of the designated sections of the research paper, provide a realistic and practical explanation linking findings to clinical practice, as well as a personal reflection on how the process of appraisal of evidence from the article has increased my knowledge. The title and abstract of the article is clear, concise and congruent with the article. The title gives a clear indication to the reader what the article is about and what type of study is being conducted. Moreover, the aim and abstract provided a clear and brief overview…show more content…
A theoretical framework has not been identified in the study as there has been little research conducted in the beliefs and practices of nurses during end of life care. Limitations of the study are stated towards the end of the article which discusses how the participants did not go into detail about practical aspects of end of life care, as they assume the interviewer already knew what they were. There was not a clear research question stated in the article but rather a purpose statement which summarised the specific topic. In this the aim of the study was also mentioned, which was to explore the end of life beliefs care beliefs and practices of intensive care nurses. The researchers used appropriate data collection strategies to accumulate exploratory qualitative data. The semi-structured interview format combined a set of open ended questions based on nurse’s experiences in end of life care to allow the opportunity for the interviewer to actively listen and explore the different responses. Participants of the study were selected using a convenience sampling technique. Junior and senior registered nurses from a 14-bed intensive care ward were recruited through advertisements on noticeboards in the intensive care setting as well as through a presentation at a nursing staff meeting. Confidentiality and anonymity of the staff was assured by not referring to the staff by their names but
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