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Old 09-29-2007, 11:58 AM
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I'm just going to keep everyone updated about this class. The abstract critique was quite easy, but today I have to write my own abstract and that should be pretty straightforward (I hope!) The abstract only has to be 250 words so it shouldn't be too bad. I'm not too sure what an abstract format should look like in Microsoft Word, but I'm guessing just double-spaced with "Abstract" as the title?

Also, I have to help a researcher write a grant proposal too, that should be interesting.
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Old 09-30-2007, 11:50 AM
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I'm really sorry to hear that you had a bad experience in your nursing research class, Geena.

[puts on nurse researcher hat, steps on soap box]
One of the things to keep in mind about nursing research is that we all need to be able to critique research (not just nursing research). Just because something is in a peer-reviewed journal doesn't mean it's good research. And unless you have an idea of the quality of the research you can't made educated decisions about what you may, or may not want to incorporate into your practice. [/steps off soapbox]

I think Julie summed up pretty well what a good critique should have in it. To flesh it out a little bit:

1) Population: this would include info about gender, age, ethnicity

2) Methodology: At least if it was quantitative or qualitative. If qual, it's nice if they give you an idea of what kind: (grounded theory, hermanutic, descriptive). If quantitative (which you will probably be looking at more than qual), then at least if it is descriptive, correlational, intervention, as well as cross-sectional or longitidinal. You'll often see some mention of the kinds of statistical analysis done (ANOVA, Chi-square, hierarchical regression, etc.)

3) Purpose. This should be pretty straight-forward -- why was the study conducted? It should also give at least one sentence of background/significance.

4) Conclusion. At least something about what they think it all means!

And, as was stated, it should reflect the reality of what is in the body of the paper (unlike abstracts submitted to conferences which are often done long before the analysis is complete, not to mention the presentation written -- not that I'd know anything about that, ahem).

Sometimes the abstract will very formally have headings such as Background, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. Sometimes it's all just jumbled together in a short paragraph. A lot depends on the journal.

Which brings up another point -- when you get good at critiquing the literature, you can become the most nit-picky person! It's important to remember that they may not included somethings in the manuscript because of the space or other requirements of the journal/editor.

Jess, weren't you given any formal criteria by which to critique this? It may be that as it is pass/fail the idea was to point out how little most people do get from an abstract and how much is possible! (in other words, I wouldn't sweat it too much).

Sorry for the lecture!
I love reading abstracts because you get the gist of the study in one area, and now that I'm taking statistics (finally) I can actually understand what they are talking about!

The idea of setting up a research study and publishing the results sounds like fun! It's a lot of work, I'm sure, but so is ER!

Now I just need a nursing research class - it's coming up.
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Old 09-30-2007, 03:06 PM
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I'm being reminded of why I'm taking a break from school for now.
Just reading this thread is giving me a headache!
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Old 09-30-2007, 03:38 PM
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I'm being reminded of why I'm taking a break from school for now.
Just reading this thread is giving me a headache!
Haha, that's why I want to just finish nursing and then take a break from school!
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