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PREPARING A RESEARCH PLAN - 2011 MBBS HONOURS PROGRAM (WORKSHOP 3B). Jenny Zhang Research Fellow School of Medicine The University of Queensland . INTRODUCTION .
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School of Medicine
The University of Queensland
- aid the researcher in his or her thought process
- ensure research questions or hypotheses are relevant
- the literature review is representative of existing studies
- the research design is appropriate for addressing questions
- (A well-written research plan) guide investigators through the research process (Figure 1)
- lead to an easier final report after the research has been completed.
Example: Socioeconomic position and utilisation of preventive health services among adult in general population
Write up a “Statement of the problem” (Figure 2).
Is any relationship between socioeconomic position and the preventive health services utilization ?
What factors influence on the relationship between SEP and the use of the health services?
A statement of the expected relationship between the variables under study.
Generally used if the research is more experimental or explanatory than descriptive in nature.
One or more, but no more than 3 or 4
There is correlation between GPA and academic performance (a correlation study)
Average iron status will be different for children whose family cooks in iron pots compared to children whose family cooks in aluminum pots (an experimental study)
A review of the literature is essential in justifying and supporting the design of an effective research study.
From the LR, Researchers learn/help
Primary data and secondary data
Quantitative and qualitative method
Cohort study, Case-control study, Cross-sectional study
- Choosing a type of surveys
Interviews, self-administered questionnaires
“The study will develop valid and reliable scales to measure the factors on the relationship between SEP and the use of health services.”
“This research will provide, in the Australian context, evidence that will underpin better selection and educational practices in Australian medical schools, leading ultimately to a better prepared and more professionally behaved medical workforce.”