Sample Nursing Paper on Critical Appraisal of an Intervention Journal Article Form

1. You will read the two Collum (2000, 2001) critical appraisal of evidence articles.
Please see the attached articles titled the following:
*Evid Based Nurs-2000-Cullum-100-2 (1).pdf
* Evid Based Nurs-2001-Cullum-7-8 (2).pdf

2. You will then apply this knowledge to the Imes et al. (2015) article: Outcomes of a Pilot Intervention Study for Young Adults at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease Based on Their Family History.
Please see the attached articles titled the following:
*Imes et al_2015_Firstonline.pdf

Home work assignment:
Complete/submit the Critical Appraisal of an Invention Journal Article Form – Simple Yes and No answers are not acceptable – you must provide a supporting sentence based on your reading of the article.

Please see the attached articles titled the following: ( This is the worksheet that needs to be completed)
*Critical Appraisal of a Intervention Journal Article (1).docx

Critical Appraisal of an Intervention Journal Article Form


Learning Objective:

To determine if an intervention article has drawn conclusions that are valid and applicable to practice.



  1. Read the assigned Intervention Journal article carefully.
  2. Read the articles by Cullum about evaluation of studies of treatment or prevention interventions. Note the three basic appraisal questions in the article as listed in the box titled How to critically appraise intervention articles.
  3. Critique the assigned intervention article using the form below.


Critical Review Form for an Intervention Article

Guide Notes/Comments
1. Are the results valid?
Did the study explicitly address a sensible question?

Restate the research question in your own words by using the PICOT approach below:


P= Program

I= Intervention/Treatment

C= Control Group

O= Outcome

T= Time (if applies)

Example of restating the question for a research study using PICOT:

The research program about (fill-in) addressed the outcome (fill-in) by applying this intervention (fill-in) to people with and compare the findings to the control group.

Were patients randomized?



Were patients analyzed in the groups to which they were randomized?



Were patients in treatment and control groups similar with respect to known prognostic indicators?


Were the groups (patients, caregivers, collectors of outcome data, adjudicators of outcome, data analysis) aware of group allocation?


Aside from the experimental intervention, were groups treated equally?



Was follow-up complete?



Guide Notes/Comments
II. What are the results?
How large was the treatment effect?



How precise was the treatment effect?




III. How can I apply the results to my patient care?
Were the study patients similar to my patient?



Were all patient-important outcomes considered?




Are the likely benefits worth the costs and the potential harm/risks?





Based on: DiCenso, A., Guyatt, G., & Ciliska, D. (2005). Evidence-Based Nursing: A guide to clinical practice. St. Louis: Elsevier.