1.Is the research question made explicit early in the paper? Is there a clear link between the question and the purpose of the study?
2.What elements of this question and purpose make this study appropriate for a descriptive design?
3.What is the specific descriptive design used by these authors? Is it appropriately linked to the question?
4.Was the sample adequate for the descriptive design that was selected?
5.What efforts were made to ensure reliable, valid measures (for example, operational definitions of variables, using instruments with low error)?
6.What are the strengths of the design, methods, and procedures of this study? Contrast them with its limitations.
7.How could this study be incorporated into evidence-based practice?