Critical Appraisal of Research

Conduct a critical appraisal of the four peer-reviewed articles you selected and analyzed by completing the Critical Appraisal Tools document. Be sure to include:

· An evaluation table

· A levels of evidence table

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· An outcomes synthesis table

Part 4B: Critical Appraisal of Research

Based on your appraisal, in a 1-2-page critical appraisal, suggest a best practice that emerges from the research you reviewed. Briefly explain the best practice, justifying your proposal with APA citations of the research.


Evaluation Table

Use this document to complete the evaluation table requirement of the Module 4 Assessment,Evidence-Based Project, Part 4A: Critical Appraisal of Research

Full citation of selected articleArticle #1Article #2Article #3Article #4
Conceptual FrameworkDescribe the theoretical basis for the study
Design/Method Describe the designand how the studywas carried out
Sample/SettingThe number andcharacteristics ofpatients,attrition rate, etc.
Major Variables StudiedList and define dependent and independent variables
MeasurementIdentify primary statistics used to answer clinical questions
Data AnalysisStatistical orqualitativefindings
Findings and RecommendationsGeneral findings and recommendations of the research
AppraisalDescribe the general worth of this research to practice. What are the strengths and limitations of study? What are the risks associated with implementation of the suggested practices or processes detailed in the research? What is the feasibility ofuse in your practice?
General Notes/Comments

Levels of Evidence Table

Use this document to complete the levels of evidence table requirement of the Module 4 Assessment,Evidence-Based Project, Part 4A: Critical Appraisal of Research

Evidence Levels:

• Level I

Experimental, randomized controlled trial (RCT), systematic review RTCs with or without meta-analysis

• Level II

Quasi-experimental studies, systematic review of a combination of RCTs and quasi-experimental studies, or quasi-experimental studies only, with or without meta-analysis

• Level III

Nonexperimental, systematic review of RCTs, quasi-experimental with/without meta-analysis, qualitative, qualitative systematic review with/without meta-synthesis

• Level IV

Respected authorities’ opinions, nationally recognized expert committee/consensus panel reports based on scientific evidence

• Level V

Literature reviews, quality improvement, program evaluation, financial evaluation, case reports, nationally recognized expert(s) opinion based on experiential evidence

Author and year of selected articleArticle #1Article #2Article #3Article #4
Study DesignTheoretical basis for the study
Sample/SettingThe number andcharacteristics ofpatients
Evidence Level *(I, II, or III)
General Notes/Comments

Outcomes Synthesis Table

Use this document to complete the outcomes synthesis table requirement of the Module 4 Assessment,Evidence-Based Project, Part 4A: Critical Appraisal of Research

Author and year of selected articleArticle #1Article #2Article #3Article #4
Sample/SettingThe number andcharacteristics ofpatients
Key Findings
Appraisal and Study Quality
General Notes/Comments
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