ASSESSMENT 3 OVERVIEW – Critical appraisal of evidence
For Assessment 3 students are required to demonstrate their ability to reflect on a health
scenario and critically appraise the evidence (primary research paper) provided in relation
to a health scenario. The scenario is available under the Assessment 3 tile.
Students are required to identify strengths and limitations of a research paper at a
beginning level. The research paper can be located under the Assessment 3 tile. Finally,
students are required to discuss the factors which influence the use of evidence in
practice. The critical appraisal of evidence must be supported by a minimum of four (4)
references which are valid and varied academic sources (e.g. Greenhalgh et al. 2018;
Hoffman et al. 2017).
Critically appraise the research paper provided in LEO located under the Assessment
3 tile, and read the corresponding health scenario. The research paper should be
accessed as a full text and critically appraised using the questions identified in Part A
& B, which are based on Greenhalgh et al. (2018). The research paper being critically
appraised should be written as a full reference at the beginning of the essay (and
included in the reference list). The paper should be referenced in-text according to
APA (i.e. author, year) required for direct quotes only.
Writing in an essay format (introduction, body, conclusion, reference list) answer the
questions in Part A and Part B. Students should refer to the ACU Study Guide: Skills for
Success (2017) – available online – to ensure they follow the university’s essay writing
and referencing guidelines.
Small/short headings may be used. Do not repeat the questions or scenario.
Part A
Consider the strengths and limitations (critically appraise) the research paper using the
following questions. Each paragraph should be supported with a high quality, valid, varied
academic reference. This reference is supporting your knowledge and understanding of
critical appraisal related to the research paper.
1. Discuss the strengths and limitations of the:
a. Authors’ expertise, based on their cited qualifications and affiliations;
b. Possible conflicts of interest or possible grounds for bias in the paper.
Research Questions, aim or hypothesis
2. Outline the research study’s question/s, aim or hypothesis and present the author’s
justification/s as to why their study was needed.

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