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Part 1: Assessing the quality of quantitative or qualitative research

NURS 3044: Research Methodology 

Assignment 2: Part 1 and 2 (2500 word equivalent)

This assessment consists of Part 1 and Part 2.

Part 1: Assessing the quality of quantitative or qualitative research       

Part 2: Reflection

Part 1: Assessing the quality of quantitative or qualitative research (1500 word-equivalent)

Background

General Nursing students:  You are aware that there is strong evidence of the benefit of immunisation for children and for public health.  From your experience and from information on the internet, it would appear that the uptake of immunisation in some groups is suboptimal.  You are thinking that there may be an opportunity to do some research. Two topics that come to mind are (1) strategies that have been shown to improve uptake of influenza immunisation; and (2) the role of parent attitudes in influenza vaccination for children.

Before going any further, you decide to obtain some background information. You now need to consider whether a qualitative or quantitative approach is best suited to provide background information for the topic that you have chosen:

(1)    strategies that have been shown to improve uptake of immunisation among high-risk groups or

(2)    the role of parent attitudes in influenza immunisation uptake for children.

To assist you, we have provided a qualitative and a quantitative research paper that you will now need to critique. You need to choose the one article that best suits the topic that you have chosen to research further

Article 1: Regan, A.K., Bloomfield, L., Peters, I. and Effler, P.V., 2017. Randomized controlled trial of text message reminders for increasing influenza vaccination. The Annals of Family Medicine15(6), pp.507-514.http://www.annfammed.org/content/15/6/507.full

Article 2: Carlson, S.J., Scanlan, C., Marshall, H.S., Blyth, C.C., Macartney, K. and Leask, J., 2019. Attitudes about and access to influenza vaccination experienced by parents of children hospitalised for influenza in Australia. Vaccine37(40), pp.5994-6001.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2019.08.021


Midwifery students:
You are aware that there is strong evidence of the benefit of immunisation against pertussis in pregnant women.  From your experience and from information on the internet it would appear that the uptake of immunisation against pertussis for pregnant women is suboptimal. You are thinking that there may be an opportunity to do some research. Two topics that come to mind are (1) are there any strategies that have been shown to improve uptake of pertussis immunisation in pregnant women and (2) what are the attitudes of midwives to the provision of immunisation information.

Before going any further, you decide to obtain some background information.  You now need to consider whether a qualitative or quantitative approach is best suited to provide background information for the topic that you have chosen:

(1) strategies that have been shown to improve uptake of immunisation against pertussis for pregnant women; or

(2) the attitudes and experiences of midwives in discussing immunisation with women

To assist you, we have provided a qualitative and a quantitative research paper that you will now need to critique. You need to choose the one article that best suits the topic that you have chosen to research further.

Article 1: Glanz, J.M., Wagner, N.M., Narwaney, K.J., Kraus, C.R., Shoup, J.A., Xu, S., O’Leary, S.T., Omer, S.B., Gleason, K.S. and Daley, M.F., 2017. Web-based social media intervention to increase vaccine acceptance: a randomized controlled trial. Pediatrics140(6), p.e20171117.

 https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2017-1117

Article 2: Frawley, J.E., McKenzie, K., Sinclair, L., Cummins, A., Wardle, J. and Hall, H., 2019. Midwives’ knowledge, attitudes and confidence in discussing maternal and childhood immunisation with parents: A national study. Vaccine. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2019.10.006


To complete part one of the assessment, you will now need to select the research method template that corresponds with the paper that you have chosen to critique:

(A)   If you have selected that article using a quantitative research method, you will need to complete the tool for critiquing quantitative research.

(B)   If you have selected that article using a qualitative research method, you will need to complete the tool for critiquing qualitative research.

**Templates available on the Learnonline site (assessments tab-assessment 2)


Part 2 Reflection (1000 words)

Note: Part 2 is included on the quantitative or qualitative template that you will download so that you only have to submit one document (the template) to learnonline.

Write a reflection on the learning that you have undertaken in Research Methodology relating to the questions below. As this is a personal reflection it can be written in the first-person.  Supporting references should be referenced in-text and in a reference list following your reflection as per the UniSA Harvard referencing system. References are not included in your word count.

In your reflection, you should consider the following:

  • Did you have prior ‘knowledge’ about immunisation safety for children/pregnant women prior to undertaking this assessment? Describe your understanding of this.
  • How did you acquire this knowledge (what way/s of knowing/where did the information come from)?
  • Did you have an opinion (bias) or concerns about the safety of immunisation for children/pregnant women prior to undertaking this assessment?
  • Has anything that you have learnt in the course changed your opinion (bias)/allayed you concerns/increased you concerns about the safety of immunisation for children/pregnant women? If so, why?
  • How has learning more about interpreting research and implementing evidence- based practice influenced your opinions about immunisation for pregnant women/children?
  • As a registered nurse and/or midwife, how will you balance a person’s health beliefs with evidence-based practice when assisting them with choices about health care?

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