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Evid Based Nurs 6:36-40 doi:10.1136/ebn.6.2.36
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Evaluation of qualitative research studies

Questions to help critically appraise qualitative research

Are the findings valid?
1. Is the research question clear and adequately substantiated?
2. Is the design appropriate for the research question?
3. Was the method of sampling appropriate for the research question and design?
4. Were data collected and managed systematically?
5. Were the data analysed appropriately?
What are the findings?
1. Is the description of findings thorough?
How can I apply the findings to patient care?
1. What meaning and relevance does the study have for my practice?
2. Does the study help me understand the context of my practice?
3. Does the study enhance my knowledge about my practice?

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