Planning and Design Analysis Grid -
NUR 443
Examples 1 & 2

Planning and Design Analysis Grid...

Your Learning Team has been assigned two articles to analyze for assignments in Weeks Three and Four. One article is a qualitative research study, and the other is a quantitative research study. Identify which article is which, and then complete the table where applicable. Write no more than three sentences in each cell of the table.

Example 1

This paper is about an analysis grid of two articles. The title of the first article is, “Physical Activity Counseling for Older Women,” written by Cindy Costanzo, Susan Noble Walker, Bernice Yates, Barbara McCabe and Kris Berg. The other article is,”Missed Nursing Care: A Qualitative Study,” by Beatrice J. Kalisch.

An analysis of the two studies would suggest that the first article, “Physical Activity Counseling for Older Women,” was quantitative in nature while the second article, “Missed Nursing Care: A Qualitative Study,” was conducted in a qualitative manner.

1. Research question for the Planning and Design Analysis Grid

Qualitative: The study aimed to answer the following two questions: “What nursing care is regularly missed on medical-surgical units in acute care hospitals, and what are the reasons nursing staff give for not completing these particular aspects of care?”

Quantitative: Can behavior counseling be successfully integrated as an intervention by health care providers to help achieve the physical activity requirements for older women as proposed by Healthy People 2010 with five behavioral counseling sessions or one session based on the five A’s (ask, advise, assist, arrange, and agree)?

2. Problem for the Planning and Design Analysis Grid

Qualitative: Specific aspects of missed nursing care can potentially be linked to the association of decreased levels of staffing, and the negative outcomes have not been established in research.

Quantitative: Physical inactivity is a major factor in increasing women’s risk for chronic disease, disability, and premature mortality.

3. Purpose for the Planning and Design Analysis Grid

Qualitative: The purpose was to point out that nurses serve as the surveillance function in hospitals to prevent errors and ensure quality care, and too few staff will lead to insufficient surveillance and poor patient outcomes.

Quantitative: The purpose was to compare the effectiveness of five versus one behavioral counseling (BC) sessions. It had two specific objectives. The first objective was to assist change in moderate or greater-intensity physical activity, muscle strengthening and stretching. The second objective was to determine the percentage of women who reach the... [continues]

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Example 2

Planning and Design Analysis Grid

Qualitative: Living with Incurable Cancer at the End of Life-Patients’ Perceptions of Quality of Life

Quantitative: Dance and movement program improves quality-of-live measures in breast cancer survivors

Qualitative/Quantitative Research question

What is the patients’ perception of quality of life in incurable cancer at the end of life? What effect does dance and movement have on breast cancer survivor’s quality of life?

Problem- Can illness affect a patient’s quality of life perceptions? Can dance and movement affect quality of life and shoulder function in breast cancer survivors that were treated in the last 5 years?

Purpose- To evaluate what an incurably ill person’s perspective of quality of life is. To analyze the effects of dance and movement on shoulder function and quality of life for cancer survivors who were treated within the past 5 years.

Hypothesis- To show that quality of life at the end of life has a positive meaning for patients with incurable cancer by using five themes of relevance relating to quality of life and to use individual patient strategies to relive pain via emotional and physical distractions. According to WHO (2005), The nurses has to give the best quality of care for the patients and their families.

Independent variable- “The independent variable is a stimulus or activity that is manipulated by the researcher to create an effect on the dependent variable” (Burns & Grove, 2011, p. 176). The researchers created a comfortable, quiet, peaceful, nicely decorated atmosphere to make the participants feel comfortable enough to express their feelings. The researchers focused on five questions relating to quality of life to discuss. Burns and Grove (2011) also... [continues]

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