Include title of article and author. Does the title relate to the paper? How? 2.5 2.0-2.5 1.5-1.9 0
Does the abstract provide a concise summary of the research report? 2.5 2.0-2.5 1.5-1.9 0
Study Purpose. Does the study purpose match the study design? Was the best possible research tradition used to address the study purpose? Is the research question congruent with a qualitative approach and with the research tradition? 5 4-5 2-3 0-1
Conceptual/ Theoretical Framework. Does the report describe an explicit theoretical or conceptual framework for the study?
5 4-5 2-3 0-1
Data Analysis. Given the nature of the data, was the data analysis approach appropriate for the research design? Is the category scheme described? If so, does the scheme appear logical and complete? Does there seem to be unnecessary overlap or redundancy in the categories? Were manual methods used to index and organize the data or was a computer program used? 15 10-14 9-5 4-1
Protections of Human Participants: Were appropriate procedures used to safeguard the rights of study participants? Was the study subject to external review by the IRB review board? Was study designed to minimize risk? 5 4-5 2-3 0-1
Research Design: Is the design appropriate given the research question> Is the research question congruent with a qualitative approach and with the specific research tradition? . 10 8-10 4-7 0-3
Population, Setting, Sample: What was the population? How were the subjects obtained? What was the sampling method? Was the sample large enough? Did saturation of the data occur?
5 4-5 2-3 0-1
Themes: What major themes or processes emerged? If excerpts from the data are provided, do the themes appear to capture the meaning of the narratives? 15 10-14 5-94-7 0-3
Data Analysis: Qualitative: What evidence did the report provide that the analysis is accurate and replicable? Were the data displayed in a manner that allows you to verify the researcher/s conclusions? 5 4-5 2-3 0-1
Findings/Results: Did the analysis yield a meaningful and insightful picture of the phenomenon under study? Did the report give you a clear picture of the social or emotional world of study participants? 5 4-5 2-3 0-1
Trustworthiness and integrity of inquiry. Which specific techniques did the researcher employ to enhance the trustworthiness and integrity of the data> Does the report adequately address the transferability of the findings? Were limitations of the study addressed?
Implications/Recommendations: Is the research likely to help in decision making? Is this study worthy of publication in an academic journal? Did the authors mention any future studies? Did this research add to
the body of nursing knowledge?