Systematic review research methodology

Critique of Research Article #6 Instructions



  • Understand common social science research designs.
  • Understand measurement principles.
  • Understand the purpose of sampling.
  • Critique research findings and effectively communicate research results to others.

Select an academic-referred research article in an area that fits your professional and academic knowledge goals – you should now be identifying articles that support your topic for this semester.  This article should have meta-analysis or systematic review research methodology.

systematic review answers a defined research question by collecting and summarizing all empirical evidence that fits pre-specified eligibility criteria. A metaanalysis is the use of statistical methods to summarize the results of these studies.

Soon, J. M., Baines, R., & Seaman, P. (2012). Meta-analysis of food safety training on hand hygiene knowledge and attitudes among food handlers. Journal of Food Protection, 75(4), 793-804.

After reading and analyzing the article, complete the following questions.

  1. Specifically, what is the purpose of this research?
  2. Describe the review method used in this article. What is the range of dates for the review?
  3. What is the “So What?” of this research study? What has been added to the body of academic and/or professional knowledge?
  4. What are the implications for future research from the author? What would you add for future research?
  5. APA reference of the article.

Format for submission:

Typed, 1” margins, 12-point font.  Follow the APA Style Manual for reference guidelines.

Attach a PDF of the full-text article with the answers highlighted along with submission of the critique.