• Polit, D. F., & Beck, C. T. (2017). Nursing research: Generating and assessing evidence for nursing practice (10th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins.


  • Chapter 4: Research Problems, Research Questions, and Hypotheses

Using the critiquing questions in Polit and Beck’s (2017) Box 4.3: Guidelines for Critiquing Research Problems, Research Questions and Hypotheses, appraise the research question/hypothesis for your Scholarly Practice Project. Prepare a Word document, listing the eight questions found in Box 4.3 with your answers. Provide as much detail as needed to support your answers.

In case you are unable to locate Box 4.3 in Polit and Beck (2017), here are the eight questions:


  1. 1.What is the research problem? Is the problem statement easy to locate, and is it clearly stated? Does the problem statement build a cogent and persuasive argument for the new study?
  3. 2.Does the problem have significance for nursing? How might the research contribute to nursing practice, administration, education, or policy?
  5. 3.Is there a good fit between the research problem and the paradigm in which the research was conducted? Is there a good fit between the problem and the qualitative research tradition (if applicable)?
  7. 4.Does the report formally present a statement of purpose, research question, and/or hypothesis? Is this information communicated clearly and concisely and is it placed in a logical and useful location?
  9. 5.Are purpose statements or questions worded appropriately? For example, are key concepts/variables identified and is the population of interest specified? Are verbs used appropriately to suggest the nature of the inquiry and/or the research tradition?
  11. 6.If hypotheses were not formally stated, is their absence justified? Are statistical tests used in analyzing the data despite the absence of stated hypotheses?
  13. 7.Do hypotheses (if any) flow from a theory or previous research? Is there a justifiable basis for the predictions?
  15. 8.Are hypotheses (if any) properly worded—do they state a predicted relationship between two or more variables? Are they directional or nondirectional, and is there a rationale for how they were stated? Are they presented as research or as null hypotheses?






The writer demonstrates a well-articulated understanding of the subject matter in a clear, complex, and informative manner. The paper content and theories are well developed and linked to the paper requirements and practical experience. The paper includes relevant material that fulfills all objectives of the paper. Follows the assignment instructions around expectations for scholarly references. Uses scholarly resources that were not provided in the course materials. All instruction requirements noted.



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