Conduct a literature search to identify and critically appraise a quantitative research study related to the problem identified in Module 1. Respond to the following overview questions for quantitative study critical appraisal:
Is this a case study, a case control study, a cohort study, a randomized control trial, or a systematic review?
In terms of reliability and bias risk, where does the study fall in the evidence hierarchy?
Why was the research conducted? (Explain the problem and its purpose.)
Were the study’s steps clearly defined?
How big was the sample?
Are the major variable measurements reliable and valid? Explain.
What methods were used to analyze the data?
Were there any unusual occurrences during the course of the study?
How do the findings compare to previous research in the field? (This may be reflected in the review of literature.)
What does this study imply for clinical practice?