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Important aspects in analyzing a research study

If you only had 15 minutes to read a research report related to an emergency department work setting, which three aspects of the report would you analyze? Please explain the rationale.

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If you only had 15 minutes to read a research report related to an emergency department work setting, which three aspects of the report would you analyze?

1. How was data for study collected? Self report by staff or research observer.

"Data collection is a term used to describe a process of preparing and collecting data - for example as part of a process improvement or similar project." - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_collection

Neither option is necessarily better than the other, it would depend on what the research report is trying to prove or find out. If the question is whether or not staff are over worked, most staff are likely to report yes, whereas an independent observer could measure actual work against a pre-determined amount to determine if staff are overworked or not. However, staff are able to answer questions while reflecting on all the years they have worked in their position, whereas an independent observer only sees what is happening that day on that shift. You would need to use your own judgment here, based on what the research study is trying to prove in order to determine which of these types of data collection would have been more suited for the study and whether ...

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This solution provides a professional opinion about what three aspects of a research report would be most important to analyze if you only had 15 minutes to scan the report. It is a research study about emergency department work settings.

In addition, this solution provides a web based definition of each of the three aspects chosen in the solution, followed by an explanation of why the chosen aspects are important.

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