Sample Nursing Paper on Research critique of phenomenological study

Research critique of phenomenological study

Question 1: What level of evidence does the article represent? Explain.

According to the research design used in the study, the article belongs to the seventh level of evidence because semi-structured interviews were conducted and phenomenological analysis was used to analyze the data. This level of evidence comprises of both qualitative studies and single descriptive studies (Fain, 2013). It is the second last level in terms of research design. With regard to the American association of critical care nurses (AACN), the article belongs to level E of evidence because it is theory-based evidence from an expert opinion. In this case, the authors are the experts providing their opinions on the issue as they see it from research participants. On the other hand, it is theory-based because its arguments are based on theory. In both cases, the article ranks in the second last level of evidences meaning that it has minimal influence on nursing practices.

Question 2: Does it have a logical format and is it written well without grammatical errors?

The article appears to have a good logical format because of the following reasons. First, it contains an abstract that although not identified as abstract, it provides the objective of the study. It also highlights the method, design and result of the study as well as the study’s conclusion. Second, it introduces the subject matter by defining the term sickle cell disease (SCD) and its impact on quality of life (Coleman et al, 2016). After introducing the subject matter, it flows from one area of the subject matter to the other logically. For example, after defining the term (SCD), it links this term to life by evaluating its impact on quality of life. Then it proceeds to other areas plausibly with the help of sub-headings. More importantly, after evaluating the method used to collect the data, it provides the results and discusses them (Fain, 2013). With regard to grammatical errors, it does not contain such errors. This notwithstanding, the article is not organized in a manner that appeals to the reader.   


Coleman, B. et al. (2016). How sickle cell disease patients experience, understand and explain their pain: an interpretive phenomenological analysis study. British journal of health psychology, 21, 190-203.

Fain, J. (2013). Reading, Understanding, and Applying Nursing Research. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Company.