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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.

basic research

A generic term which, as used in medicine, refers to the investigation of biological phenomena to gain knowledge or understanding of interactions at the cellular or molecular level, without targeting specific applications or commercial objectives.
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The university basic research credit component of the credit for increasing research activities is extended to amounts paid or incurred before 1991.
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Funding depends in some measure on how important basic research is to the nation's scientists and engineers, and just how vocal they are in communicating their concerns to their representatives.
A more attractive environment must be created for basic research, supported by high-quality teaching, appropriate research funding and research infrastructure and links with scientific innovation, where top researchers are recognised and can excel, thereby enhancing Europe's performance in terms of basic research.
What appears broken is the level of funding for basic research to create new ideas that emphasize longer-term horizons.
This uniquely American combination of publicly and privately funded basic research has sustained U.
A critical element is ensuring that the basic research activity is integrated into the rest of the enterprise.
But his assessment of the relationship between basic research and technological innovation-in short, that ''basic science' isn't nearly as productive of new inventions as we tend to think'-misses the mark.
Research projects that involve clinical or basic research will receive consideration.

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