Quantitative Research Article Review Essay

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Quantitative Research Article Review The quantitative research article that I chose to review was a study completed by Dougherty and Thompson (2009), found in Research in Nursing & Health. Very few researchers have focused their study on the impact of cardiac arrest and ICD implantation on a patient’s intimate partner. What little is known about caregiving responsibilities and caregiver burden after a cardiac illness or event has previously been focused on the spousal experiences following an acute myocardial infarction or coronary artery bypass graft surgery (Dougherty & Thompson, 2009). The researchers in this article chose to study the physical and mental health effects of the intimate partners of persons after sudden cardiac …show more content…
Since little is known about the stated subject, this study was performed to better understand the experience and impact of ICD implantation after cardiac arrest on a patient’s intimate partner. I believe that this study falls into the basic research category. According to Knapp (1998), “research that is designed primarily to extend the knowledge base in a discipline by contributing to theory generation or theory testing is called basic research” (p. 6). The study’s purpose is to extend knowledge and to better understand human experiences regarding the physical, psychological, emotional, and psychosocial impact of cardiac arrest and ICD implantation on a patient’s intimate partner. At the end of the study, researchers did declare that further research is needed on the topic and that intimate partners may benefit from an intervention that would assist them with the following: their psychological adjustment, learning how to manage the impact of ICD’s on their relationship, and learning how to effectively deal with the caregiver strain that is associated with caring for loved ones after a cardiac event.
Research Questions, Hypotheses, and Design The study that was reviewed did not explicitly state any research questions or hypotheses; rather, a study purpose was noted. In the research study completed by Dougherty and Thompson (2009), the purpose was “to describe the intimate partner’s physical functioning (general
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