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Research Methods in Health Science A
Pages 8 (2008 words)
Research Methods in Health Science Research and development have been part and parcel of every aspect of human life since the dawn of civilization. It is by research that mankind has progressed to the modern era. As in other fields, any research in health sciences involves identification of a specific problem during the course of delivery of health services, or when an inquisitive researcher attempts to identify reasons behind a phenomenon that can be modified or manipulated towards a positive outcome by adopting novel means or practices emerging from deliberate and intensive research conducted on an aspect.
However, when the area of research is more abstract i.e. involves looking at trends or measuring human perceptions and beliefs on a particular aspect that might be vital for health issues, a qualitative approach is the only method available which can lead to any conclusive inference. Statistical tools have been developed which allow classification, tabulation and grouping of even qualitative data into comprehensible forms which can lead to entirely valid inferences. Qualitative research involves comprehension of complex factors contributing to a particular phenomenon and numerous factors have to be identified, standardized and transformed into some measurable form before they can be evaluated to gain insight into the particular aspect being researched. ...
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