This assignment will
involve my critical appraisal of 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
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,
This article was written by authors
who are academically experienced in the field of dentistry. One of which is Hsaio-Ching Kuo whom has
written or been involved in other research articles, such as ‘The Responsiveness of Patients ‘ Quality of Life to Dental
Caries Treatment – a Prospective Study’ (Ding-Yu Yeh et al, 2016). Kuo has an affiliation with
the ‘School of Dentistry, College of Dental Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical
University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan’ & would therefore, be well associated in
this subject area.
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 helps
the reader to find materials of an article that’s relevant to them. This format
is also useful in that it prevents authors from writing irrelevant information
in their research.