Realtors rely on detailed property appraisals—conducted using appraisal tools—to assign market values to houses and other properties. These values are then presented to buyers and sellers to set prices and initiate offers.

Research appraisal is not that different. The critical appraisal process utilizes formal appraisal tools to assess the results of research to determine value to the context at hand. Evidence-based practitioners often present these findings to make the case for specific courses of action.

 you will use an appraisal tool to conduct a critical appraisal of published research. You will then present the results of your efforts.

To Prepare:

  • Reflect on the four peer-reviewed articles you selected      in Module 2 and the four systematic reviews (or other filtered high- level      evidence) you selected in Module 3.
  • Reflect on the four peer-reviewed articles you selected      in Module 2 and analyzed in Module 3.
  • Review and download the Critical Appraisal Tool      Worksheet Template provided in the Resources.

Part 3A: Critical Appraisal of Research

Conduct a critical appraisal of the four peer-reviewed articles you selected by completing the Evaluation Table within the Critical Appraisal Tool Worksheet Template. Choose a total of four peer- reviewed articles that you selected related to your clinical topic of interest in Module 2 and Module 3.

Note: You can choose any combination of articles from Modules 2 and 3 for your Critical Appraisal. For example, you may choose two unfiltered research articles from Module 2 and two filtered research articles (systematic reviews) from Module 3 or one article from Module 2 and three articles from Module 3. You can choose any combination of articles from the prior Module Assignments as long as both modules and types of studies are represented.

Part 3B: Critical Appraisal of Research

Based on your appraisal, in a 1-2-page critical appraisal, suggest a best practice that emerges from the research you reviewed. Briefly explain the best practice, justifying your proposal with APA citations of the research.

Needs at least 4 references, no older than 5 years.


Evaluation Table

Use this document to complete the
evaluation table
requirement of the Module 4 Assessment, Evidence-Based Project, Part 4A: Critical Appraisal of Research




NURS-6052 Assessing Week 3

Student Name

University Affiliation

Instructors Name

Matrix worksheet template

Use this document to complete Part 2 of the Module 2 Assessment, Evidence-Based Project, Part 1: An Introduction to Clinical Inquiry and Part 2: Research Methodologies

Full APA formatted citation of selected article.

Article #1

Article #2

Article #3

Article #4

Evidence Level *

(I, II, or III)

Conceptual Framework

Describe the theoretical basis for the study (If there is not one mentioned in the article, say that here).**


Describe the design and how the study was carried out (In detail, including inclusion/exclusion criteria).


The number and characteristics of

patients, attrition rate, etc.

Major Variables Studied

List and define dependent and independent variables


Identify primary statistics used to answer clinical questions (You need to list the actual tests done).

Data Analysis Statistical or

Qualitative findings

(You need to enter the actual numbers determined by the statistical tests or qualitative data).

Findings and Recommendations

General findings and recommendations of the research

Appraisal and Study Quality

Describe the general worth of this research to practice.

What are the strengths and limitations of study?

What are the risks associated with implementation of the suggested practices or processes detailed in the research?

What is the feasibility of use in your practice?

Key findings

Full citation of selected article





Selected articles

Parker, V., Giles, M., Graham, L., Suthers, B., Watts, W., O’Brien, T., & Searles, A. (2017). Avoiding inappropriate urinary catheter use and catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI): a pre-post control intervention study. BMC Health Services Research, 17, 1–9. https://doi /10.1186/s12913-017- 2268-2

Scanlon, K. A. (2017). Saving Lives and Reducing Harm: A CAUTI Reduction Program. Nursing Economic$, 35(3), 134– 141. Retrieved from https://search-ebscohost
com.ezp.waldenulibrary. org/login.aspx? direct=true&db=rzh&AN =123428995&site=ehost

Ferguson, A. (2018). Implementing a CAUTI Prevention Program in an Acute Care Hospital Setting. Urologic Nursing, 38(6), 273–302. https://doi
org.ezp.waldenulibr 3- 816X.2018.38.6.27 3

Menegueti, M. G., Ciol, M. A., Bellissimo-Rodrigues, F., Auxiliadora-Martins, M., Gaspar, G. G., Canini, S. R. M. da S., Bakir., M. (2019). Long-term prevention of catheter-associated urinary tract infections among critically ill patients through the study. Medicine, 98(8), . https://doi 7/MD.0000000000014417implementation of an educational program and a daily checklist for maintenance of indwelling urinary catheters: A quasi-experimental

Why you chose this article and/or how it relates to the clinical issue of interest (include a brief explanation of the ethics of research related to your clinical issue of interest)

I selected this article because it is peer-reviewed. It also related to the clinical issue because the study carried out was about avoiding inappropriate urinary catheter use and CAUTI. It also explains how patient’s safety would be improved through implementation and vigorous analysis of clinical practice and practice change. Ethical approval and consent to participate was granted. The writer indicated that patients data will be stored on secure network, safeguarded by a password and only accessible to the research team members.

I chose the article because



Description of the chosen clinical issue

  • CAUTI is the most common infection that an individual can contract in the hospital according NHSN.
  • Approximately 75% of UTIs infections are associated with CAUTI.
  • It is caused by an indwelling catheters infection.
  • The infection affects any part of the urinary system, such as urethra, bladder, ureters, and kidney.

UTIs is the most common type of healthcare associated infection according to NHSN (Ferguson, 2018). Approximately 15-25 percent of hospitalized patients receive urinary catheter during their stay in hospital. The most common risk of acquiring catheter associated CAUTI is long usage of the urinary catheter.


PICOT Question

P: Population Patients admitted in the intensive care unit and nurses taking care of them
I: Intervention Training nurses and other clinical experts.
C: Comparison Versus implementation of a daily checklist for reviewing the indication of indwelling urinary catheters
O: Outcome To prevent CAUTI and improve care for indwelling catheters
T: Time Doing several years study?

I focused on the forefront questions while searching for the correct answers and facts for the clinical issue so as to prevent uncertainity.The population that will be studied are patients in the intensive unit in both government and private health facilities. The main intervention being considered is training nurse and other clinical experts to improve their understanding on how to prevent CAUTI and to care for patients with indwelling urinary catheters. The study will be carried out for several years.


Research databases

  • PubMed
  • Google scholar
  • Scopus
  • Science direct.

The above four mention databases provides a simple way to broadly search for the scholarly literature across various disciplines.



Ferguson, A. (2018). Implementing a CAUTI Prevention Program in an Acute Care Hospital Setting. Urologic Nursing, 38(6), 273–302. https://doiorg.ezp.waldenulibr 3- 816X.2018.38.6.27 3.

Menegueti, M. G., Ciol, M. A., Bellissimo-Rodrigues, F., Auxiliadora-Martins, M., Gaspar, G. G., Canini, S. R. M. da S., Bakir., M. (2019). Long-term prevention of catheter-associated urinary tract infection