For this assignment, I
will be critically appraising the article, ‘The
association of responsiveness in oral and general health-related quality of
life with patients’ satisfaction of
new complete dentures’ by authors Hsiao-Ching Kuo, Ying-Se Kuo, I-Chen Lee, Jen-Chyan Wang
& Yi-Hsin Yang – published in 2012. I will be discussing the title, the
main author involved in the study & the results. Also, the structure of the
article will be mentioned, along with the style of writing – keywords which might
be relevant or need further reading to understand, along with other remarks. The
critical appraisal will close with a conclusion of my findings.
purpose of this critical appraisal is ‘to
identify the strengths & weaknesses of a research article in order to
assess the usefulness and validity of research findings.'(Medscape, 2009).
It was clear from reading only the first page of the
article (title, introduction etc.) that further reading will need carrying out.
The title may come across as long & complex for the reader; however, it is
very specific & addresses the main point directly. The authors have
described the research topic in such a way that the reader can obtain relevant information
in a brief sentence. Also, the title separates itself from other papers related
to the same subject area e.g. the research article ‘The Responsiveness of Patients ‘ Quality of Life to Dental Caries
Treatment – a Prospective Study’ (Ding-Yu Yeh et al, 2016)
& this article, are both related in the field of Dentistry. However, they are
different in terms of their purpose, methods etc. The structure of the article has
been arranged fittingly by following of the format IMRAD – Introduction, Method,
Results and Discussion – which is ‘a way of
structuring a scientific article. It is often used in health care and the
natural sciences.'(sokogskriv, 2017). The benefit of using this format is
that it allows the reader to find materials of an article that’s relevant for them.
This format is also useful in that it prevents authors from writing irrelevant information
in their research.