Quantitative Study of 'Understanding Nursing Research': A Critical Analysis

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Running Head: CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF A QUANTITATIVE STUDY Critical Analysis of a Quantitative Study Introduction A critical analysis of a research involves a strategy to evaluate the components of a research study and determines the strengths and weakness associated with a research. Objective of this research is to prepare a critical analysis of a quantitative study of the article "Understanding Nursing Research" (Burns & Grove 2011) focusing on the problem statement, data collection, data analysis, protection of human participants, and interpretation of findings. Quantitative data analysis is the process of presenting and interpreting numerical data using descriptive statistics and inferential statistics. The descriptive statistics include both measures of central tendency and measures of variability. Measure of central tendency includes mean, median and mode while measures of viability identify the average, which include range and standard deviation. Inferential statistics provide the outcome of statistical tests that assists a deduction from data collected. Since quantitative research collects data through survey, a protection of human participants is very critical to enhance ethical protocol in the research process. (Weisman, n.d.). Protection of Human Participants Quantitative research involves collection of data using a survey technique from human participants. Major benefit of human participants is that a researcher will be able to collect valid and reliable
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