Ritical evaluation of a qualitative research article

Critically evaluate the published qualitative research article provided. You should focus on the methodology and methods of the article, including methods of analysis.

Qualitative paper to critically evaluated: Moreau A, et al. (2011). What perceptions do patients have of decision making (DM)? Toward an integrative patient-centered care model. A qualitative study using focus-group interviews. Patient Education and Counselling.

Assignment Guidance
1. Focus on the research methodology and methods of the journal article, including the articleas analysis of findings. We want to assess your understanding of research methods and analysis. 2000 words is the max to evaluate all sections of the article. Thus you are not expected to evaluate the title, abstract, introduction or literature review/background. You may comment briefly on the articleas discussion/conclusions if that is relevant to the authorsa appreciation/analysis of their own methodology and methods.
2. Do NOT simply describe the article. This will certainly result in a fail.
3. A critical evaluation requires you to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the methodology and methods used by the authors. Using your knowledge of qualitative research methods, consider whether the methodology and methods used by the authors seem appropriate and well implemented. Are they likely to answer the research question and meet the aims? Are there any strengths or flaws? Does the research have a?rigoura?? Would alternative methods have worked better in your view? Are the approaches used by the authors clear and well justified? Or is there vagueness and uncertainty? Vagueness in published research can be a sign that the authors arenat sure about something or are a?skating overa? possible weaknesses and omissions. Consider published quality criteria for qualitative research (you will find some useful resources in the module site). Are there signs of possible a?biasa?, either in the authorsa selection of a human sample or in their analysis and discussion of findings? Have the authors been a?reflexive?a? Are they aware of possible pitfalls? Are there discrepancies? Is the research of value and relevant to clinical practice? Do not be afraid to praise aspects of the research if this seems warranted.
4. There are several published critique frameworks available for qualitative research, including one by CASP (The Critical Appraisal Skills Programme). These all list possible questions that can be asked when critiquing an article. You can use a published framework if you wish, or adopt the frameworks as you want. You can even ask original questions of your own. In any event, only ask questions that are relevant to the article being critiqued. For example a issues of sample size and a?powera? are not relevant to a qualitative article.
5. Do not write your critique in the first person. Do not say a?I think that..a? or a?it appears to me that...a?. It is the convention to critique in the third person. For example a a?The authorsa use of focus grou

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