How to critique qualitative research articles

Can J Nurs Res. 1993 Winter;25(4):47-55; quiz 56.


The critique of qualitative research requires the use of different standards and criteria than are used for quantitative research. The great diversity of available qualitative methods can make evaluation or critical appraisal difficult for consumers of research who are less familiar with these methods. The current paper suggests that the following guidelines be used when a qualitative research paper is being examined: the topic must be appropriate for qualitative enquiry; the specific qualitative research method chosen must "fit"; the literature reviewed should be consistent with the method chosen; there should be ample description of informants or participants, context, and researcher; appropriate methods for information gathering and information analysis should be employed; the conclusions should be sound; and, the research must have some importance and relevance.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Data Collection / standards
  • Data Interpretation, Statistical
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Humans
  • Nursing Methodology Research / methods*
  • Nursing Methodology Research / standards*
  • Peer Review, Research / methods*
  • Research Design / standards*