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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.
qualitative research 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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


(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]
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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.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


(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]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012


(rēsĕrch, rē-sĕrch)
1. The organized quest for new knowledge and better understanding.
2. To conduct a scientific inquiry.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

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Descriptive research is the bench science of nursing.
Descriptive data for the results of research design and research method Total 2003-2007 n (%) n (%) Research Qualitative approach 318(45.0) 105(48.8) design Quantitative approach 165(23.4) 33(15.3) Mixed methods approach 223(31.6) 77(35.9) Research Descriptive Research method 392(55.5) 122(56.7) method Experimental Design 239(33.9) 69(32.1) Design-based Research 24(3.4) 9(4.3) Action Research 8(1.1) 2(0.9) Mixed Research method 43(6.1) 13(6) 2008-2012 n (%) Research Qualitative approach 213(43.4) design Quantitative approach 132(26.9) Mixed methods approach 146(29.7) Research Descriptive Research method 270(55) method Experimental Design 170(34.6) Design-based Research 15(3.1) Action Research 6(1.2) Mixed Research method 30(6.1) Table 6.
Academics used descriptive research as well but also conducted exploratory and evaluative studies.
Afrocentric descriptive research provides a more precise understanding of Africana social phenomena.
The research made to accomplish the objectives was mainly a descriptive research (Bacali, 2002), transversal research, the information gathered being quantitative.
However, in the paradigm we advocate, interdependency is established among all three branches of TS because bidirectionality applies not only to the relationship between theory and "pure" descriptive research but also to the relationship between Theory and Application (Figure 2).
The descriptive research focuses on Six parameters for entrepreneurs and ten parameters of employees to measure the opinion of both the stakeholders on organisations climate.
The majority of Journal publications (61%) are best described as descriptive research or research reviews.
She divides her fifth major category, labeled "Research Scholarship," into three types: (a) quantitative investigations, (b) qualitative studies, (c) and descriptive research. This category comes closest to the traditional scholarly work in the academy, but it is not theory based.
More specifically, we present a discussion and examples of focus groups serving as a means of (a) conducting needs assessments and assessing clients' preferences for care, (b) program development and evaluation and outcome assessments, and (c) descriptive research. These focus group functions are highlighted through examples of the authors' and others' use of focus groups.
This can be further split into two areas: experimental research and descriptive research (i.e., survey design).
Since such research is very complex, difficult to carry out, and expensive, for now this result of descriptive research will hopefully be of use.

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