Critical Appraisal of a Research Article
This is an individual assignment which requires you to conduct a detailed and
systematic critical appraisal of a research article. This critical appraisal will require you
to examine a research article, evaluate it according to what you have learned in this
unit, and consider how the results might inform practice.
You have two articles to choose from for this critique (found in the assessment folder in LEO). One
is a report of quantitative research and the other is a report of qualitative research. Select the one
that most appeals to you. In particular, you are required to:
1. Present the assignment as a scholarly/academic essay with an introduction, body and
o The introduction should present the overall topic and purpose of the essay, how you will
address it, and why it is important to be able to assess a research study.
o The body will follow the research process set out in the article and will include all aspects
of your appraisal and critique.
o The conclusion should be a brief overview of the main points you have made in the body.
No new information should be included.
2. During your appraisal:
o consider both the strengths and weaknesses of the article, and
o discuss how the recommendations from the article could be used in evidence-based
clinical practice (EBP)
3. Students are strongly advised to use the Marking Guide and detailed instruction in LEO as a guide when writing the essay.
4. This essay should be approximately ± 10% of 1800 words, 1.5/double spaced, 1” margins, 12
point font, with a range of relevant scholarly references and using APA referencing. The format
follows the research process
Length and/or format: 1800 words
Purpose: This assessment task gives you the opportunity to demonstrate
your understanding of the principles for critiquing evidence. By
demonstrating capacity to appraise evidence at a beginner level
you will have demonstrated an appreciation for the principles of
reporting research as well as how research can be used as
evidence for practice.
This is the article;
”This is the Report Qualitative research”
‘Getting Up from Here’: Frail Older
Women’s Experiences After Falling
Eileen J. Porter, PhD RN
By reading this article, the learner will
achieve the following objectives:
1. Identify abilities essential to getting up after a fall.
2. Describe how environmental features within the home are
used by elderly women when they fall.
3. Describe interventions that could be used with elderly
women living at home to use after a fall.