1. Identify the research question for this study.

What affects a patients daily life undergoing chemotherapy treatment?

  1. Provide a critique of the sample and setting in the study.

The sampling was purposive, data was collected from 30 patients whom all agreed to be interviewed.  Interviews were semi-structured.  Purposive sampling emphasizes the deliberate selection of individuals, groups, organizations, or communities to study.  In a sense, this means that qualitative samples are deliberately biased, but in a conscious, thoughtful manner, Tappen, 2016.

  1. Discuss the evidence provided related to the trustworthiness of the study. 

The study question was, what affects a patients daily life undergoing chemotherapy treatment?  Study focused on two themes: what negatively affected their daily life and what positively affected their daily life.  Study results did not focus on the original question.  The study concluded with, Patients must be involved in their care if they are to be able to bear their course of treatment and find ways to endure the difficult experience of cancer care.  A harsh conclusion to a study that should have given insight on how we as practitioners can better serve patients undergoing chemotherapy by understanding what affects their daily lives the most. 


Tappen, R. (2016). Advanced nursing research: From theory to practice. (2nd ed.) Salisbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning

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