This assignment willinvolve my critical appraisal of the article, ‘The association of responsiveness in oral and general health-relatedquality of life with patients’ satisfactionof 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 mainauthor involved in the study & the results.Also, the structure of the article will bementioned, along with the style of writing –keywords which might be relevant or need further reading to understand, alongwith other remarks. The critical appraisal will close with a conclusion of myfindings.
Thepurpose of this critical appraisal is ‘toidentify the strengths & weaknesses of a research article in order toassess the usefulness and validity of research findings.'(Medscape, 2009).It was clear from reading only the first page of thearticle (title, introduction etc.) that further reading will need carrying out.The title may come across as long & complex for the reader; however, it isvery specific & addresses the main point directly.
The authors havedescribed the research topic in such a way that the reader can obtain relevantinformation in a brief sentence. Also, the title separates itself from otherpapers related to the same subject area e.g.
the research article ‘The Responsiveness of Patients ‘ Quality ofLife to Dental Caries Treatment – a Prospective Study’ (Ding-YuYeh et al, 2016) & this article, are both relatedin the field of Dentistry. However, they are different in terms of their purpose,methods etc. This article was written by authorswho are academically experienced in the field of dentistry. One of which is Hsaio-Ching Kuo whom haswritten or been involved in other research articles, such as ‘The Responsiveness of Patients ‘ Quality of Life to DentalCaries Treatment – a Prospective Study’ (Ding-Yu Yeh et al, 2016). Kuo has an affiliation withthe ‘School of Dentistry, College of Dental Medicine, Kaohsiung MedicalUniversity, Kaohsiung, Taiwan’ & would therefore, be well associated inthis subject area.
The structure of the article has been arrangedfittingly by following of the format IMRAD – Introduction, Method, Results andDiscussion – which is ‘a way of structuring ascientific article. It is often used in health care and the naturalsciences.'(sokogskriv, 2017).
The benefit of using this format is that it helpsthe reader to find materials of an article that’s relevant to them. This formatis also useful in that it prevents authors from writing irrelevant informationin their research.