Investigate ways to collect research data

Investigate ways to collect research data

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Discussion: investigate ways to collect research data

One of the most important decisions that a researcher has to make is how data will be collected. The nurse who is implementing evidence-based practice also needs to consider how outcomes will be measured. For this activity you will investigate ways to collect research data.

Consider the following concepts frequently used in nursing research:

Quality of life (patient)
Nurses’ job satisfaction
Critical thinking
For this activity, choose one of the 6 concept listed above. Find a published QUANTITATIVE research study that used the concept. This can be facilitated by using the concept as the key search term. The selected article must be a primary source (No systematic review or meta-analysis). In the study, the author must use the exact term, such as “quality of life.” You will need to determine how this concept was defined by the researcher (conceptual definition) and how it was measured (operational definition).
Once you have identified a published research study address the following:

Investigate ways to collect research data

Identify the concept (how is it defined).
Identify the type of research design and provide a copy of the article via a PDF file.
Identify how the concept was measured. Be specific by identifying the measurement tool. For example, if you are interested in measuring depression among postpartum women, the Edinburgh postnatal depression scale may have been used in a study as it is a commonly used instrument.
If a measurement tool was used to collect the data, briefly describe the instrument. (Example: The Finley Fall scale is a 10-item Likert scale with 2subscales). Also describe the validity and reliability of the tool. State if the validity and reliability is not described. If the measure is diagnostic test, describe the specificity and sensitivity.
Rubric Quantitative Data Collection2017.docx

You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.

Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.

Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.

The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.

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