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Critique of a Qualitative Research


Phenomenon of Interest & Purpose

The purpose of the study is to explore and describe ***** experiences relatives have while taking care of their critically ill patients that are confined in the *****tensive care unit (ICU). This study aims to scrutinize this phenomenon using a qualitative method. The ***** ***** this study was clearly stated. It defined the subject to be studied and the method. The term "relative" was further defined to avoid confusion and to clearly define the subjects for observation. Relatives stood ***** anyone close ***** looking after the patient in ***** ICU. The objective of the study ***** limited to an ***** in a D*****nish university hospital. The study also aimed to explore the points of view ***** these relatives including their perception of the roles ***** an ICU nurse.

***** phenomenon of interest in this case is ***** observe *****d descri***** the experiences of relatives whose loved ones are confined in the ICU. ***** ***** of significance because relatives go through several psychological stresses when ***** loved ones are suddenly taken ill. Hav*****g a ***** one in an ***** implies that there is a chance ***** ***** patient may not survive. Relatives find themselves in a situation where they are uncertain about the future. They ***** even be in a state of shock. Relatives, like *****ir admitted loved ones, need adequate attention and support from health care providers. ICU nurses must then be able to provide hol*****tic care not only ***** the patient but the patients' ***** as well. A deeper underst**********g of ***** relatives' ***** and their consequent needs may guide the ***** nurse in catering to *****ir needs **********.

The authors rationalized why a qualitative ***** was better over a quantitative approach. ***** used other studies to justify their preference for qualitative approach. In this approach, in-depth interviews are conducted. A qualitative approach enables researchers to explore ***** experiences beyond a single question. On the ***** h*****, ***** use of questionnaires in t*****e ***** approach may fail to touch on important concerns of these relatives. A quantitative approach *****s to allow ***** to expound or elaborate on their percepti***** ***** the *****. Because of these limitations, a qu*****litative method was preferred.

Descriptive Vividness

The authors were able to *****be the aspects of the study clearly. However, there were some aspects of the study that were described with ambiguity. In *****s ***** the study site, the authors only described it as the ICU in a Danish university hospital; it failed to ***** which hospital was ***** focus. The credibility of the ***** would ***** been more developed if the identity ***** the hospital was concretized. ***** setting of ***** interview ***** also described in detail; the interviews ***** conducted in a quiet room at ***** hospital or in the rel*****ive's home. The authors ***** described the participants or subjects vividly. Seven relatives were interviewed, four spouses and three parents. Their ages ranged from 39 to 72


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