Evaluation Of A Research Study

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In research, the quantitative study seems to be the most favored method to conduct a study due to its validity and numerical value. Quantitative studies are objective and considered to be a hard science which is measurable, and suitable to establish cause-and-effect relationships (Anderson, 2006). The quantitative study seeks explanatory laws via statistical analysis and the participation of a large number of participants (Anderson, 2006). The article by Burns et al (1999), which this writer will be evaluating, utilizes quantitative study to explore intensive vs. standard case management for severe psychotic illness via a randomized trial (Burns et al., 1999). Not all studies are worthy of being taken seriously, therefore, at this point of …show more content…
All the important concepts are clearly defined by the researcher. Burns et al. (1999) describe previous methods of controlled groups as a way to understand the strength of association between the type of case management and the number of hospital admissions (Burns et al., 1999). Previous methods created the relevance to understanding the purpose of conducting this study.
Evaluation of the Purpose Statement and Hypothesis Burns et al. (1999) clearly state the purpose as, “to assess the effect of intensive case management (defined as a smaller caseload size) in patients with serious mental illness in four inner-city mental health services (Burns et al., 1999, p. 2185). The purpose is to argue why ICM is not effective in UK and Europe. The variables are not clearly labeled as independent or dependent variables, however, in this case, the type of case management (ICM vs. Standard Case Management) would be considered the independent variable, which is associated with the number of hospitalization admissions or dependent variable (Burns et al., 1999). The hypothesis is alternative directional as it suggests a difference and the direction of that difference (Malec & Newman, 2013). The hypothesis suggests that psychotic patients with a history and frequent hospital admissions with ICM have shorter periods of inpatient hospital treatment
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