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RESEARCH CRITIQUE 4
Quantitative Research Critique
Grand Canyon University: NRS-433V-0503
Professor: Melissa Petrick
April 22, 2018
Current estimates indicate that nearly 50 percent of persons suffering from diabetes do not attain and sustain the required target of less than 7 percent for glycated hemoglobin and a mere 14.3 percent are at the target requirements for glycated hemoglobin, low density lipoprotein cholesterol, non-smoking as well as blood pressure. The American Diabetes Association, through its 2015 standards for patient care, recognize the impact of diabetes self-management education as a significant aspect of care for individuals with diabetes. However, recent studies indicate that among new cases of diabetes, 7 percent of persons with private insurance and less than 5 percent of individuals covered by Medicare participate diabetes self-management education (Chrvala, Sherr & Lipman, 2016). It is for this reason that Tang et al. (2014) conducted a study on the impacts of peer leaders as well as community health workers in diabetes self-management support. This paper is a critique of the aforementioned research by Tang et al. (2014) in an article titled “ Comparative effectiveness of peer leaders and community health workers in diabetes self-management support: results of a randomized controlled trial”. Comment by Melissa Petrick: Put the period inside the quotation here.
Article Summary Comment by Melissa Petrick: Within Methods of Study, these questions can be used to guide analysis. You discussed some of these, but make sure you look at these questions to analyze deeper.Identify the benefits and risks of participation addressed by the authors. Were there benefits or risks the authors do not identify?Was informed consent obtained from the subjects or participants?Did it seem that the subjects participated voluntarily in the study?Was institutional review board approval obtained from the agency in which the study was conducted?Are the major variables (independent and dependent variables) identified and defined? What were these variables?How were data collected in this study? What rationale did the author provide for using this data collection method? Identify the time period for data collection of the study. Describe the sequence of data collection events for a participant. Describe the data management and analysis methods used in the study. Did the author discuss how the rigor of the process was assured? For example, does the author describe maintaining a paper trail of critical decisions that were made during the analysis of the data? Was statistical software used to ensure accuracy of the analysis?What measures were used to minimize the effects of researcher bias (their experiences and perspectives)? For example, did two researchers independently analyze the data and compare their analyses?
The purpose of this study was to compare peer leader versus community health worker telephone outreach program in sustaining improvements in glycemic control over 1 year after a half a year diabetes self-management education program. The sample was random, including 116 adults suffering from DM type 2 who were recruited via a federally qualified health center. The research participants were randomized to a 6 month diabetes self-management education program followed by a 1 year of weekly group sessions administered by peer leaders with telephone outreach to research participants unable to attend the program. Also, the randomized study of 6 month diabetes self-management education program followed by 1 year of monthly outreach via telephone administered by community health workers. The main outcome was glycemic control with the secondary outcomes being the cardiovascular disease risk factors, diabetes social support as well as diabetes distress. Assessments were performed at three different baselines- 6, 12 as well as 18 months (Tang et al., 2014). Comment by Melissa Petrick: Consider grammar check to resolve this.
The researchers found that, after diabetes self-management support, the group that passed through the peer leadership program maintained glycemic control improvements for up to 18 months after the education program. Only the peer leader group maintained the improvements realized in blood pressure for 18 months. The community health workers’ group, on the other hand, showed a reduction in glycemic control for up to 6 months after the diabetes self-management education program. A follow up, 18 months later, showed that the peer leader group and the community health workers group maintained improvements with no significance difference in three areas-waist circumference, diabetes distress as well as diabetes support. In conclusion, the researchers asserted that low cost maintenance programs-whether peer leader program or community health worker program-maintained improvement in major patient reported diabetes outcomes. Nonetheless, peer leader intervention has additional advantage in sustaining clinical improvement for more than 12 months (Tang et al., 2014).
The Relevance of the Study’s Findings in Nursing Practice
The study’s findings are important for nursing practice since diabetes self-management education has, for many years, been accepted as an essential aspect of care for persons living with diabetes and those at risk for developing diabetes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in its 2014 data, show that the incidence and prevalence rates for diabetes are high among minority communities. This is attributed to the health care access disparities, which is common among ethnic and minority groups (CDC, 2014). Adoption of community health worker initiative model to reduce health care access disparities to diabetes education is a vital as well as practical approach, with sufficient evidence supporting its efficacy. The National Standards for DM Self-Management Support and Education, fifth standard, acknowledges that case managers, health educators, community health workers as well as peer counselors in diabetes self-management education. In particular, they can contribute effectively as components of DM self-management education team as well as in providing patients with diabetes self-management support. People who serve as community health workers as well as peer counselors can help in providing diabetes education and self-management instructions as well as DM sand support if they acquire enough training in group facilitation, diabetes management, emotional support and self-management skills (AADE, 2015).
From the diabetes perspective, peers are defined as persons suffering from diabetes or individuals affected by diabetes like close family members. Peer support can empower affected individuals to connect with others with similar experiences, which can lead to patient satisfaction as well as motivation. Peer support, from the healthcare point of view is, “the provision of emotional, appraisal and informational assistance by a created social network member who possesses experiential knowledge of specific behavior or stressor and similar characteristics as the target population” (Werfalli et al., 2015, p. 2). The researchers indicate that emotional support is the expression of caring, encouragement, reassurance as well as empathy and it enhances self-esteem. Informational support is the provision of advice, alternative actions, suggestions as well as feedback regarding the issue that a peer is encountering. Appraisal support, on the other hand, includes encouraging optimism as well as persistence for problem resolution. It also relates to affirmation the peer’s feelings and reassurance that he or she can deal with his or her frustrations. Researchers have the responsibility of protecting participants in investigations.
Ethics is a basic foundation for conducting effective as well as meaningful research and, therefore, ethical behavior and conduct of researchers is under scrutiny. All researchers, including psychologists, anthropologists and educators, have four major duties to participants. These include informed consent, privacy and deception as well as protection from harm. With regards to informed consent, a researcher must ensure that research participants have an understanding of the purpose as well as the methods of the study. Also, it is important to risks involved as well as the demands placed on them as participants. The participants must also understand that they have the right to withdraw from a study at any particular time. From a legal perspective, informed consent revolves around three basic aspects: capacity, voluntariness as well as information. These three elements must be present for an effective informed consent (Punch, 2013). Comment by Melissa Petrick: While this is important to understand what ethical considerations are, this critique looks to discuss if the ethical considerations were applied to the study you’re critiquing. Was the study approved by an Institutional Review Board?Was patient privacy protected?Were there ethical considerations regarding the treatment or lack of?
Researchers must take appropriate and reasonable steps to avoid harm to participants and others with whom they operate or work. The basic concern is ensuring that no one is harmed by acting as a participant. Harm includes physical pain and death as well as other factors like psychological stress, humiliation, myriad influences and personal embarrassment that adversely affect participants in significant ways. A research must be planned as well as executed in a way that minimizes harm to research participants. Studies are more ethically justifiable if the probabilities of risks are minimized. Also, researchers must consider the long term effects of the study on participants and other users (Punch, 2013).
The other ethical consideration is attached to participants’ privacy; privacy is a highly treasured right in Western society. The final of deception involves intentional misrepresentation of key facts regarding the purpose, nature and consequences of a study. Researchers collect and analyze data regarding people, either as individuals or groups and this is a source of conflict between a researcher’s goals and the privacy rights. It refers to the omission and commission of information when interacting with participants. Therefore, deception has become concern for researchers (Punch, 2013). Comment by Melissa Petrick: Put a conclusion here tying it altogether. 😊
American Association of Diabetes Educators. (2015). Community health workers in diabetes management and prevention. Maryland, MD: Author
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014). National diabetes statistics report: Estimates of diabetes and its burden in the United States. Atlanta, GA : Author.
Chrvala, C. A., Sherr, D., & Lipman, R. D. (2016). Diabetes self-management education for adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus: a systematic review of the effect on glycemic control. Patient education and counseling, 99(6), 926-943.
Punch, K. F. (2013). Introduction to social research: Quantitative and qualitative approaches. Thousand Oaks, C A: sage.
Tang, T. S., Funnell, M., Sinco, B., Piatt, G., Palmisano, G., Spencer, M. S., … & Heisler, M. (2014). Comparative effectiveness of peer leaders and community health workers in diabetes self-management support: results of a randomized controlled trial. Diabetes care, 37(6), 1525-1534.
Werfalli, M., Raubenheimer, P., Engel, M., Peer, N., Kalula, S., Kengne., A. P., &Levitt, N. S. (2015). Effectiveness of community-based peer-led diabetes self-management programmes (COMP-DSMP) for improving clinical outcomes and quality of life of adults with diabetes in primary care settings in low and middle income countries (LMIC): A systematic review and meta analysis. BMJ Open, 5(007635), 1-8.