Review of Article 'Mucosal Wound Healing' Essay

1126 Words Mar 18th, 2013 5 Pages
Write a critical review of the following offprint articles.

‘Mucosal wound healing’, Marucha, et al, 1998

This study was carried in the Ohio State University College of dentistry and published in 1998. This study began by reviewing a previous study on stress and health. This found that people undertaking a chronically stressful activity show characteristic changes in their blood chemistry and take longer to heal minor wounds than do people who are not under conditions of stress. Therefore, it addressed the effects of a commonplaces stressor, examination stress, on wound healing.

In this study, it was used experimental approach. In the control group, the first wounds were placed on the hard palate of 11 dental students during
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In this study, the researcher could find no evidence that these effects could be due to other factors such as alcohol intake or sleep deprivation that might vary during exams.

However, there were two major limitations for this research. Firstly, the sample size was too small. There were only 11 participants to take part in this research. The result was significant may be due to the sampling error of small sample size. Therefore, sample size is needed to increase to make sure it is large enough to reduce the sampling error. Then, the result of research will be more valid. Secondly, all the control groups were conducted before the experimental group. The second placing of the wound in experimental group was approximately six weeks later and three days before the first major academic examination of the term. It might affect the result due to the order effect. It is better to conduct one more control groups after two months of the examination.

For the findings and interpretation, the data obtained in the study were properly described. This was in the form of graphs and was further explained in words. Multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) was used as the statistical methods in this study. This was appropriate because they were used to assess within-subject change over time. If more than one dependent variable was measured, MANOVA was used.

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