I am currently taking an Intro to Nursing Research class. We were given an article and had to determine whether the article is a Comparative Descriptive Design article or (typical) Descriptive Design article. I have figured out most of the questions needed to determine the design type; but I am stuck on one last question!
Is the article researching ONE GROUP or MULTIPLE GROUPS?
The following is an excerpt from the article entitled: "Comparison of Oral and Tympanic Temperatures in Adult Surgical Patients"
"Design and Sample
A repeated-measures design was used to determine the reproducibility of tympanic and oral temperature measurements. The study was conducted on three surgical units at a tertiary-care center.
Temperatures (oral and tympanic) were obtained on a sample of 257 adult surgical patients based on the standard vital sign times of the units involved."Gilbert, M., Barton, A., & Counsell, C. (2002). Comparison of tympanic and oral temperatures in surgical patients. Applied Nursing Research, 15(1), 2002. Retrieved from CINAHL Plus with Full Text database.
Thanks for your time!