There is endless ongoing research for Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS). Be that as it may, there is a lack of literature on the quality of life within people diagnosed with RRMS over their entire lifespan. This research article is a qualitative study which explores different methodologies that effectively reflect the entirety of the lifespan with chronic illness, more specifically with RRMS. The participants in the study were purposefully selected from the state based Multiple Sclerosis Organization (ten females and three males) all coming from various backgrounds and in various stages of the disease process. Ethnography and life history methodologies were both tools used in the study, but the main finding showed that the life history methodology proved to be the more reliable tool that reflected most of the life trajectory. For this reason, the life history methodology could be a great tool used within nursing research for other chronic illnesses and ultimately aiding in a more efficient plan of care. Introduction When given this assignment I instantly knew I wanted to use a Multiple Sclerosis(MS) study for my research critique. I personally knew someone who passed away from MS and ever since then I have always desired to learn more about the disease. Being that this was my first time writing a critique on any form of literature, I first had to research how to critique research articles effectively and objectively. Once I understood the assignment, I used GALILEO advanced search to find a research article within the nursing field that focused on Multiple Sclerosis. I then found “Exploring Life Methodology in Chronic Illness: A Study in Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis”.Critique Let us first begin with the title. Being almost fifteen words long, the title is a bit lengthy. The article caters to nurses, more specifically nurses who are specialized in chronic illness research. Therefore, the title is appropriate for the reader and is also straightforward. Overall, the title is easy to read and precisely reflects the subject at hand, and although lengthy it is specific and grabs at its audience. Therese Burke, RN and Joanna Patching, RN, BA (Psychology), MLitt (Psychology) PhD Associate Professor, co-authored the manuscript of the study. Both Burke and Patching have nursing experience at the university level. Due to the credentials of the authors, this article is in high standing with credible and reliable resources. The abstract is a concise and simplistic summary of the study. It is broken-up into subcategories which makes the purpose and the process of the study more clear. The abstract draws the reader in by presenting the research as “under-utilized” (Burke et al, 2019) making the reader feel as though they are getting insight on valuable, untapped information. The introduction lays out the foundation of the study by presenting the research question as well as the purpose of the study. Other research on Multiple Sclerosis (MS) as well as RRMS, is expounded upon in such a way that again makes the reader feel as though they are experiencing new rare knowledge. Burke and Patching further explain that other research done on this disease does not cover an entire lifespan of a patient with MS or RRMS including before diagnoses, suggesting that their research is valuable. The article goes on to discuss the different methodologies and the process of data collection, giving examples of previous research using those exact methodologies. Burke and Patching spend more time laying out the methods of other research and less time presenting their study. Implications for Practice In conclusion, I am overall happy with the article I chose to critique. I thought when choosing this article that I would learn more about RRMS, which in some way I did, but I more so learned how important it is to research beyond the disease phase. I learned that research is only a stepping stool to even more research. The article was informative and relevant to the nursing practice within chronic diseases. Nurses getting insight on the life of someone with RRMS or any chronic disease, even before diagnoses can only enhance the plan of care.
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