Nursing Assignment on Critiquing a Canadian Health Article

Select a health article of at least 500 words from a popular Canadian newspaper (e.g., Globe and Mail, National Post), magazine (e.g., Chatelaine, Macleans, Canadian Living), or Internet source (e.g., health-related companies). The article should be one that is intended for the general public with a publication date within the past 5 years of today’s date and focus on Canadian content. The article must relate to one of the health issues covered in Units 1–6. For example, you might select an article about a program to improve wellness or one that discusses sexuality, pregnancy, and childbirth, nutrition, active living, or weight.

Try to find an article that you are able to critique. For example, articles found on government websites may be difficult to assess for accuracy or gaps in information. Do not use articles from scientific journals or issued by the government for this assignment. Choose your article carefully; assignments that are based on articles that do not meet the criteria outlined here may be returned unmarked.

  1. Note: You must attach or include a copy of the article with your assignment.
  2. Research the health issue discussed in your selected article to develop some expertise in this area. Review Hales and Lauzon (2015) and course materials (Foster & Davison, 2015) as well as other resources (e.g., government reports, scientific journal articles) beyond these course materials. Some areas to examine include descriptions of the issue, recent trends, people most commonly affected by the issue, and how the issue impacts the Canadian health and/or social systems.
  3. Prepare a 1,500- to 2,000-word (double-spaced, 12 point font, 1-inch margins) essay written as a critique that addresses the following criteria:
    1. discussing the health implications of the issue and explaining why it is of concern in Canada.
    2. relating the article to the information presented in the course materials (e.g., Hales and Lauzon (2015) and online Study Guide) and describing how it fits within the context of this course. Comparisons made to the course materials should include where there are consistencies and differences in information.
    3. highlighting the strengths and limitations of the article.
    4. determining whether or not the article contains a particular bias or position. Consider how the facts were presented, the conclusions made, and if the author’s interpretations are consistent with other viewpoints. Also, assess whether the article appears to have:
      • contradictions and inconsistencies.
      • an agenda or interests served by an article.
      • certain facts; but ignores or misrepresents others.
      • implications ignored and or emphasized.
    5. identifying and discussing further information or research that might be needed to better understand and address this health issue.
    6. providing overall opinions about the article as an information piece (consider the article’s clarity, accuracy, relevance, depth, breadth, and significance) for the intended audience.

Note that critiques that are significantly longer or shorter than the criteria provided for the assignment will have marks deducted. The essay should be written in the first or third person and must contain at least two (2) references to reliable sources (e.g., scientific journal articles, government reports) in addition to Hales and Lauzon (2015) or online course materials.

Assignment 1 will be graded as follows:

10 marks

1. Selection of an appropriate article


2. Critique (55 marks)

10 marks 


i. Health implications of the issue (e.g., rates of disease, contributing causes, costs)


10 marks


ii. Relation of article to course (e.g., Hales and Lauzon (2015), online course materials)


10 marks


iii. Strengths and limitations of the article (e.g., accuracy, ease of understanding, overall impressions)


10 marks


iv. Discussion of bias


5 marks


v. Information and research needs


10 marks


vii. Overall opinion about topic of article and recommendations


15 marks

3. References (e.g., quality, proper in-text citations, proper referencing format used)

20 marks

4. Overall presentation: collection of information, organization, documentation, quality of expression, and style

. Essays that are improperly referenced may receive a failing grade or maybe returned unmarked