Nurses commonly utilize research for the sake of giving answers to the questions in their area of specialization to improve the quality of care for the patients, solving problems as well as identification of impending issues that demand more research so that they can efficiently shape policy in the healthcare sector. Among the nurses who are confronted by questions that pertain to their area of practice as well as policy are required to have active as well as superior skills in evidence-based research. Accessible articles for research are usually based on the peer-reviewed journals, and they are associated with some challenges in their review to ensure that the standards of scholarly competence are evident in the article. The criteria may, however, differ based on the report that has been selected by the reviewer. It thus becomes necessary that a context is availed to the nurses that serve as a guide to proper article critique as well as reading the articles.

When making a right decision on reading a specific article, the writer must evaluate the interest of the reader in the particular area that the article addresses. The reader might be interested in accessing a specific research article to be read and also criticized, and it is, therefore, crucial to contemplate some questions in the process.

Does the title give a defined description of the article?

An expert shall have higher chances to reflect the readers’ interests but full realization is accomplished after complete reading of the article in consideration that the title has a full description. Communications of the chief principle in the article, the variables as well as the methods used are given by a claim that is enlightening enough.

Is the abstract representation of the article?

The abstract is supposed to replicate the outlook in a brief description so that it can efficiently address the study, research methodology, research question, as well as documented results together with the conclusions, arrived at after the whole work is done. This is the attention of an informed decision whether the article is right or wrong. Most people rely on the abstract to get the information in the section, and little efforts are made to read the article thoroughly. This is a wrong tactic because the abstract is a pure reflection of the whole article and potential misleading of the reader cannot be overlooked.

Does the introduction make the purpose of the article clear?

The introduction must be briefly written because it forms a significant part of the success of the paper. In the introduction, the problem statement is integrated, the rationale of the study and the research question. And if the report of the hypothesis is needed, it comes with the introduction. A brief reflection of expected results is also highlighted in the introduction section.

Is a theoretic framework described?

If the paper has to have the theoretical framework, then it is supposed to inform the study at the time of presenting the rationale. The concepts that are highlighted in the conceptual framework should have a clear direction to the topic of the paper and serve as the basis for interpretation of results. Majority of researchers, however, ignore theoretical frameworks such as the research conducted in the arena of health services which address issues such as health care accessibility and the costs associated with the delivery of healthcare. A clinical research that addresses a comparative analysis of effectiveness of two drugs does not require a theoretical framework.