Essay about Critique of Quantitative and Qualitative Research Articles

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Translating the Diabetes Prevention Program to Primary Care:

A Pilot Study

Acknowledging that there is a need for the obese Type 2 diabetics (T2D) to make changes in their lifestyle, Whittemore et al. (2009) decided to do a study to see if there is a need for programs to decrease the incidence of Type 2 diabetes. The article selected is an example of experimental quantitative design. The summary model can be found in the text on pages 112 through 114 in Polit & Beck (2012). There were four Nurse Practitioner (NPs) groups recruited for this study. There were four randomized sites used for the study, two sites, which consisted of lifestyle changes, and two sites enhancing the standard care program (Polit & Beck, 2012). Problem
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In evaluating the changes in the lifestyle program, the researchers used cluster randomization. The use of a randomized method makes this an appropriate approach for a quantitative research project (Whittemore et al., 2009). Nurse practitioners (NP) are the ideal choice for a cost-effective method to provide education to T2D patient. The involvement of the NP in managing the T2D patient’s weight, exercise regimen, and diet and nutritional guidelines than it would for a physician to be utilized in that manner. The utilization of the NPs advanced skills and knowledge is significant to nursing field (Whittemore et al., 2009). Although the hypothesis is well stated and is appropriate for the study, the preliminary results support the need for further research in lifestyle changes of T2D patients (Whittemore et al., 2009). The research utilized in the article represents studies that were performed in excess of five years and has been analyzed and reported by multiple resources (Whittemore et al., 2009).


The hypothesis identifies at-risk adults in a lifestyle change program who are able to attain a healthier outcome clinically, psychosocially, and behaviorally than those at-risk adults that received an expanded universal care control plan (Whittemore et al., 2009). The research article hypothesis also conveys the message that lifestyle changes can
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