Myocardial Infarction Research Article Critique 1
Running head: MYOCARDIAL INFARCTON RESEARCH ARTICLE CRITQUE
Quantitative Research Article Critique
Bonnie Rieger BSN, RNC
N307 Research Methods, Anthony T. Dren, Ph.D.
Duke University School of Nursing
October 27, 2008Myocardial Infarction Research Article Critique 2
In order to function as an educated consumer of research, it is necessary to have the
ability to understand and analyze research articles. Nurses must apply critical thinking skills
when reading and evaluating research articles, and not accept the article or its findings merely at
face value. The following paper is a critique of a quantitative research article published in 2007
by Research in Nursing & Health, titled “A Randomized Controlled Trial to Reduce Delay in
Older Adults Seeking Help for Symptoms of Acute Myocardial Infarction”.
Title and Introduction
The title “A Randomized Controlled Trial to Reduce Delay in Older Adults Seeking Help
for Symptoms of Acute Myocardial Infarction” (Tullman, Haugh, Dracup, & Bourguignon,
2007), accurately reflected the content of the article and the research study itself. The abstract
explained the article in more detail, while remaining concise. The type of research study, sample
size, variables, intervention, measurement method, findings, and conclusion were all mentioned
in one brief paragraph.
The authors immediately stated the importance of the problem area, older adults having
longer pre- treatment delay times than younger adults when experiencing symptoms of acute
myocardial infarction (AMI). The authors placed the findings of the study into a larger
framework when they recommended that all older adults at risk for AMI be assessed for
educational needs related to the condition (Tullman, et al., 2007).
Statement of the Problem
The problem explored in the article was stated as a problem statement. To build their
case, the authors first provided statistics from...