Research Methodology

Complete all of the questions in the template below in reference to the article that you have selected. Ensure that you have selected the correct template (quantitative or qualitative) to match the research method in the article that you have selected.

Where there is a Yes/No option in the question, delete the option that does not apply.

Question 1: Study Purpose/Question

Did the study have a clearly stated purpose/research question?

Explain your response below:

Question 2: Relevance To Nursing Practice

Explain how this question was relevant to nursing practice.

Question 3: Ethics

What were the possible risks of participating in the study?
Were these risks clearly identified by the authors?
If risks were identified by the authors, how did they propose to minimise risk?
Did the authors state that they had approval from an ethics committee to undertake the study?
How did the authors obtain informed consent from participants?
Did you identify any potential risks associated with the study that were not identified by the authors and if so, what were they?

Study Design

Describe the chosen study design for this study.
Was this a suitable study design for the given research question?
Explain why the chosen study design was or wasn’t suitable.

Sample (Participants)

How many participants were included in the study?
What were the inclusion and exclusion criteria?
Explain how the participants were recruited.
Describe the setting in which the study took place (hospital, community, etc.).

Methods/Intervention/Data Collection/Validity

Describe the intervention (e.g. treatment, therapy etc.)
What was the comparator (e.g. alternative treatment or therapy; placebo etc.)
Was this intervention adequately described so that it could be replicated in practice?

Explain Your Response To (C)

Describe the method/s used to collect data (you do not need to include basic demographic/sociographic data)
Describe the randomisation process used in the study
Were any groups blinded in the study? If so describe
Explain how the points in (f) and (g) reduce bias and contribute to the validity of the study
Research findings (outcomes)
What were the main findings of this study? (provide a dot point summary)

Study Limitations

What were the limitations of this study stated by the author/s?
Explain why these are study limitations.
Explain why bias may reduce the validity of the study.
Applicability to clinical practice
According to the Levels of Evidence pyramid, what level of evidence are the reported results from this paper?
Overall, should the outcomes of this study be used to inform evidence-based practice?
Explain your rationale for your responses to questions (a) and (b).


In your reflection, you should consider the following:

Did you have any previous  ‘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 any opinions (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 your 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?

In this course you have learnt about how personal beliefs, experiences and trust contribute to personal health choices and decisions. As a registered nurse and/or, how will you balance a person’s health beliefs with evidence-based practice when assisting them with choices about health care?