Selecting a Theoretical Framework

Evaluating a critical appraisal of a research framework can help you to assess the theory’s reliability and
validity, as well as its applicability to research and practice. For this Discussion, you will select a theoretical
framework in a published study to evaluate. In doing this, you will consider how this framework might be
applied to a practice problem of interest to you.To prepare:

Identify a practice problem of interest to you.

Locate an article in the Walden Library, or one presented in the Learning Resources, that addresses the
practice problem. NOTE: You may wish to select an article that specifies the theoretical framework used in
the research study addressing the practice problem.
Using the strategies presented in Chapter 7 of The Practice of Nursing Research: Appraisal, Synthesis, and
Generation of Evidence, critically analyze the selected framework, engaging in “critical appraisal of a
research framework,” (p. 127).

Determine if the use of the selected framework was appropriate.

Ask yourself: Could I apply this theoretical framework to an evidence-based practice project that addresses
my problem of interest?
Post a cohesive response that addresses the following:
Identify the article you reviewed and the theoretical framework used to explore the practice problem.

Was the framework appropriate for the research? Why or why not?

What new insights did you gain from your analysis and evaluation of the theory?

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