Analyze and critique a quantitative nursing research article from a nursing research journal published within the past five years. Include 3 scholarly references—the article, the text, and one outside source. Use the Guidelines for Quantitative Nursing Research Critique to complete the following steps:
1. State the purpose of the study and identify the problem.
Patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) often require enteral feeding due to their inability to consume nutrition naturally. Nutrition in the critically ill patient remains a controversial topic. Most clinicians have viewed nutrition as part of patient care but not as a therapeutic intervention…show more content… These objectives were appropriate due to their direct correlation with the problem. The objectives provided a clear and concise determination of the problem which would be an underfed patient.
5. Identify, describe, and critique—conceptually and operationally—the major study variables.
The major study variables were the amount of tube feeding prescribed and the number of interruptions in tube feeding. Although these are major variables, these fluctuations in study were adequate due to their presence in prior studies. The descriptive and prevalence research methods account for the variables that are prominent in studies such as these by using the snapshot method. The snapshot method takes into account that at some point during the study certain variables will affect the outcomes.
6. Identify and critique the attributes and demographic variables.
This study mentions specific demographics such as gender, diagnosis, and the age which was a mean of 56 years old. The patients all had some neurologic injury which likely rendered them in the same condition neurologically. The demographic variables in this study likely would not affect outcome due to the fact they can all be cohort based on diagnosis.
7. Describe and critique the research design.
The research design of this study is a descriptive prevalence study. The purpose of descriptive studies is to observe, describe, and document aspects of a situation as it naturally occurs. In