Critical Appraisal Of The Field Of Nursing

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The purpose of this assignment is to critically appraise a selected research paper following a data extraction relevant to the field of nursing. Critical appraisal is the process of evaluating the strengths and weakness of research, to find out if it is valid, reliable and applicable (Moule and Goodman, 2009). The following article to be critiqued is “A Nutritional Formula Enriched with Arginine, Zinc, and Antioxidants for the Healing of Pressure Ulcers” by Cereda et al. (2015).
The framework that will be used to critique the above research paper is Coughlan, Cronin and Ryan (2007). This framework has been chosen because it is easy to follow and is routinely used to critique quantitative research studies (Fothergill and Lipp, 2014).
The title of the research paper is short and uncomplicated as not to mislead readers (Parahoo, 2014). It clearly and accurately states the intention and purpose of the research in a brief sentence that is easy to understand (Taylor, 2015). The title conveys key information including the population (participants with pressure ulcers) (PU), the intervention to be used (oral nutritional supplement) (ONS) and the desired outcome (healing) (Polit and Beck, 2014) to aid the readers understanding. The title also highlights that a randomised control study method was used, this aspect of a title is regarded as helpful to the reader as it conveys the approach used by the researchers (Taylor, 2015).
The article provides the reader with all the authors’…
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