Different forms of research

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People will often quote different forms of research, each have common characteristics and as a result pearls and pitfalls to be aware of. In this section we run through those different forms which will act as a framework to build an understanding of critical appraisal on.

A study will look to answer a question or a hypothesis.

The following determine the type of study employed;

  • The nature of the question
  • The resources that the authors have to conduct the study

A question or hypothesis should be supported or based on plausible thinking and based around a patient related outcome. Research only needs to be performed when the question hasn’t been answered satisfactorily already.

This podcast covers

  • Observational descriptive research
  • Observational analytical research
  • Experimental research
  • Qualitative research

Once you’ve listened help consolidate the topics covered with the questions below.