Inside the Forces: Determine an appropriate research article

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, October 7, 2008

Conducting research projects is an expectation under Force of Magnetism 6: Quality of care, which falls under Component 5: Empirical quality results. So whether you are critiquing research with peers or on your own, you may wonder how to determine an appropriate research article.

The following are suggested guidelines for selecting appropriate literature:

  • Articles should be research-based and from a peer-reviewed journal
  • Studies from medical journals should be limited and used only if the topic relates to a nursing issue
  • Either quantitative (researchers use objective data or use a survey instrument to measure knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, or experiences) or qualitative (researchers use methods such as interviews or narrative analyses to help understand a particular phenomenon) research articles are appropriate for review
  • Be sure the article focuses on nursing interventions, not medical interventions

Source: Adapted from HCPro’s book Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing: A Guide to Successful Implementation.


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