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The purpose of this assignment is to critically evaluate two journal articles from a selection of six One is a quantitative piece the other is a qualitative piece A framework devised by Benton and Cormack 2000 has been used to help the process of critiquing in this assignment This particular framework had been chosen as it is a comprehensive framework covering most points needed in the critiquing process This framework can be applied to both qualitative and quantitative research However the framework will not be used as a definitive checklist In this assignment the first article that will be discussed is a qualitative piece of research by Simons J Franck L Roberson E 2001 Titled Parent involvement in childrens pain care views of parents and nurses Journal of Advanced Nursing 364 591-599 This study looks at the views of parents and nurses about the involvement of parents in the management of their childs pain during the first 48 hours after surgery The second piece of research is a quantitative piece by Dekyser FG Cohen BB Wagner N 2001 Titled knowledge levels and attitudes of staff nurses in Israel towards complementary and alternative medicine Journal of Advanced Nursing 361 41-48 The purpose of this study was to determine the knowledge level and attitudes of Israeli nurses towards complementary and alternative medicine and what factors are related to these variables Finally a short conclusion will be drawn up on completion of both critiques In the first article which is a qualitative study the participants were clearly identified as 20 parents and 20 nurses all the parents and nurses approached agreed to participate in the study The sample of parents were mothers only as the father although considered for interview were not available The sample for the study was recruited from parents of children who had surgery at a large urban childrens hospital in England and the nurses who provided the most care for the
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