Health & Medical Question

An assigned article will be given, and students will provide a 1-2 page single-
spaced critique of the article (attached the article and sample )

Questions are listed below each section to guide your critiques (you do not have to answer every
single question). They are mainly to help. The article critique assignment is 4 parts:
I. Article Summary
Provide a brief, one to two paragraph summary of the article.
Questions to consider:
1. What is the purpose of the research?
2. What are the research questions/hypotheses?
3. What study design was used?
4. What sampling methodology was used?
5. What are the main, overall results?
6. What limitations are stated?
7. What are the main overall conclusions or recommendations the researchers state?

II. Article Strengths
Write one to two paragraphs on the articles strengths

Questions to consider:

1. What are the strengths of the articles introduction and research questions? Do they fill an important research gap? Are they relevant to the field?

2. What are the strengths of the articles study design, methodology, or sampling strategy? Are novel techniques used? Is a strong study design employed?

3. What are the strengths of the articles results and discussion section? Are the results presented in a clear manner? Are graphs or charts utilized? Do the researchers make strong recommendations? Are implications for the field strong?

III. Article Weaknesses

Write one to two paragraphs on the articles weaknesses. You can organize this in the same order the article is written (i.e., discuss weaknesses in the introduction, then the methods, etc.), or you may organize it by discussing the most important weaknesses first and the least important weaknesses last.

Questions to consider:

1. What are the weaknesses in the introduction? Are the research questions not explicitly stated?

2. Could a better study design have been utilized? Are the authors lacking their description of the study design, sampling methodology, and data analysis? Could other statistical techniques be employed?

3. Are results unclear? Are tables unorganized? Do the researchers not highlight important results?

4. What major limitations are discussed that you consider weaknesses of the article? What limitations in the discussion section are missing or not discussed?

5. Are recommendations or conclusions lacking? Are there other implications that arent discussed? Did researchers over reach regarding their results and conclusions?

IV. Article Critique Discussion

The purpose of the article critique discussion is to promote conversation around the articles and to share ideas about strengths, weaknesses, and other general observations about the article. Also, at the end please post discussion question about the article