the systematic, rigorous investigation of a situation or problem in order to generate new knowledge or validate existing knowledge. Research in health care takes place in a variety of areas and has many potential benefits; the areas include professional practice, environmental issues affecting health, vitality, treatments, theory development, health care economics, and many others. Health care research can be conducted by one group of professionals for generation of knowledge specific to that group, or by a diverse group of researchers collaborating on a given health care problem.
applied research scientific investigations conducted to answer specific clinical questions or solve practice-related problems.
basic research scientific investigation that involves the generation of new knowledge or development of new theories; its results often cannot be applied directly to specific clinical situations.
correlational research the systematic investigation of relationships among two or more variables, without necessarily determining cause and effect.
descriptive research research that provides an accurate portrayal of characteristics of a particular individual, situation, or group. These studies are a means of discovering new meaning, describing what exists, determining the frequency with which something occurs, and categorizing information.
ethnographic research the investigation of a culture through an in-depth study of the members of the culture; it involves the systematic collection, description, and analysis of data for development of theories of cultural behavior.
experimental research objective, systematic, controlled investigation for the purpose of predicting and controlling phenomena and examining probability and causality among selected variables.
exploratory research studies that are merely formative, for the purpose of gaining new insights, discovering new ideas, and increasing knowledge of phenomena.
grounded theory research a research approach designed to discover what problems exist in a given social environment and how the persons involved handle them; it involves formulation, testing, and reformulation of propositions until a theory is developed.
historical research research involving analysis of events that occurred in the remote or recent past.
phenomenological research an inductive, descriptive research approach developed from phenomenological philosophy; its aim is to describe an experience as it is actually lived by the person.
research dealing with phenomena that are difficult or impossible to quantify mathematically, such as beliefs, meanings, attributes, and symbols; it may involve content analysis
quantitative research research involving formal, objective information about the world, with mathematical quantification; it can be used to describe test relationships and to examine cause and effect relationships.
re·search (rĕ-sĕrch', rē'sĕrch),
1. The organized quest for new knowledge and better understanding, for example, of the natural world, determinants of health and disease. Several types of research are recognized: observational (empiric); analytic; experimental; theoretic; applied.
2. To conduct such scientific inquiry.
[O.Fr. re-cerche, fr. cerchier, to search, fr. L. circare, to go around, fr. circus, circle]
Etymology: Fr, rechercher, to investigate
the diligent inquiry or examination of data, reports, and observations in a search for facts or principles.
research Scientific inquiry to discover or verify facts, test hypotheses, and confirm theories. See Applied research, Bioprocess research, Clinical research, Effectiveness research, Ethnographic research, Extramural research, Health services research, Interactive research, Intramural research, Investigator-initiated research, Nontherapeutic research, Outcomes research, Survey, Targeted research, Twin research, Unethical medical research NIHspeak A systematic investigation and gathering and analysis of information designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. See Notebook Cf Fraud in science.
re·search (rēsĕrch, rē-sĕrch)
1. The organized quest for new knowledge and better understanding (e.g., of the natural world or determinants of health and disease). Five types of research are recognized: observational (empiric), analytic, experimental, theoretic, applied.
2. To conduct such scientific inquiry.
[O.Fr. re-cerche, fr. cerchier, to search, fr. L. circo, to go around, fr. circus, circle]
re·search (rēsĕrch, rē-sĕrch)
1. The organized quest for new knowledge and better understanding.
2. To conduct a scientific inquiry.
v/n the diligent inquiry or examination of data, reports, and observations in a search for facts or principles. Generally a disciplined protocol is followed to ensure objectivity and reproducibility. Most research employs the scientific method or a similar model.
research, analytical epidemiologic
n a method of investigation used to establish a disease origin or the existence of an contributory relationship between a cause and a disease.
research, convenience sample
n a method of investigation used when measuring an entire population is not possible. Participants are numbered as they enroll, then they are randomly assigned to either the control or experimental group.
n a method of investigation (e.g., descriptive, analytical, and experimental) used to study the rate of occurrence, method of transmission, and control of a disease within a population.
research, epidemiologic survey
n a method of data collection from target population samples to establish factors causing or contributing to a disease and to develop potential methods for prevention.
research, experimental epidemiologic
n a method of investigation used after the establishment of a disease origin to determine the result of altering at least one cause.
careful study of a subject with the object of establishing one or more facts.
the use of animals in a careful study of a subject, which may be related to the health or other welfare of animals of the same or other species, including humans.
comparative medical research
the use of animals in research projects directed at establishing facts of direct value to human health and welfare.
Patient discussion about research
Q. Where can I get updates about new researches on fibromyalgia? I have fibromyalgia and I would like to know all there is to know and see if they found new breakthroughs on the subject.
A. I use this site:
the main issue of the site is Fibromyalgia research…
Q. I need to do an interview with someone with knowledge on lupus for a research paper any takers? a couple of questions should do it. it doesn't have to be extensive.
A. I HAVE SLE AND A FUW MORE THANS THAT ARE KNOW TO BE KNOW TO COME FROM HAVEING SLE LUPUS I AM NOT 100% OF ALL THAT COMES WITH SLE BUT I AM WILLING TO TELL U ALL I KNOW THANK YOU
Q. i have heard that number of scientists found out in one of there researches that breasts Cancer is capable to just disappear with out a treatment , have any one read this article/research ? or maybe just heard about it ? because it is interesting why and how this result happens ...
A. hi pinkofdestiny - try also these links, i know and read a lot about the books of Phillip Day and recommend them to everybody. cancer can be healed and there are also ways to make with success prevention:More discussions about research
before a woman should loose her breast, she should make a therapy with vitamine B17 - the vitamin which can eliminate cancer in any form, but you should not know about it! it is terrible, but it is the way how politicians and industry-trust treat us.