Research Critiques and PICOT Question Guidelines –

Final Draft

Use this document to organize the content from your four studies into your final draft.

Quantitative and Quantitative Studies

Nursing Practice Problem and PICOT Question

  1. What is your identified nursing practice problem?
  2. List your PICOT question, following one of the templated formats reviewed in the course.


  1. Summary of studies. Include problem, significance to nursing, purpose, objective, and research question.

How do these four articles support the nurse practice issue you chose?

  1. Discuss how these articles will be used to answer your PICOT question.
  2. Describe how the interventions and comparison groups in the articles compare to those identified in your PICOT question.

Method of Study:

  1. State the methods of the articles you are comparing and describe how they are different.
  2. Consider the methods you identified in your chosen articles and state one benefit and one limitation of each method. 

Results of Study

  1. Summarize the key findings of each of the studies into a comprehensive summary.
  2. What are the implications of the four studies you chose in nursing practice?

Ethical Considerations

  1. Discuss two ethical consideration in conducting research.
  2. Describe how the researchers in the four articles you choose took these ethical considerations into account while performing their research.

Outcomes Comparison

  1. What are the anticipated outcomes for your PICOT question?
  2. How do the outcomes of the four articles you chose compare to your anticipated outcomes?

Proposed Evidence-Based Practice Change

  1. What is the link between the PICOT question, the research articles, and the nursing practice problem you identified?
  2. Based on this information, propose an evidence-based practice change for your identified setting.

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