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Sample Quantitative Research Proposal

I need help with developing an abbreviated quantitative research plan. Here is the research problem:

Health disparities are a growing concern in the U.S. There are also a significant proportion of people with limited or no health insurance which may prevent them from receiving adequate health care, medication, and the use preventative measures such as exercise and diet. How would you address this issue?

I then need to complete the following:

Create a problem/purpose statement.

Draft an introduction for your abbreviated research plan.

Provide viable research questions and hypotheses.

Generate a written research plan that addresses the following questions:

* What are your research questions? To what extent can you test them? How would you justify the viability of your questions?

* What are your hypotheses? How would you test them?

* Why would this design be the most appropriate for answering the research questions? Conversely, why would qualitative and mixed methods designs not be appropriate?

* What quantitative approach would you select for this study? Why is that approach the most appropriate one for answering the research questions?

* What theoretical framework or perspective would you use?

* What is your target population? How would you identify and recruit participants? What factors would contribute to determining appropriate sample size? You will not need to calculate sample size for this assignment.

* What are the independent and dependent variables?

* If appropriate for your plan, what instruments might you need?

* What data collection procedures might you use? Why would those be the most appropriate methods to use? How would that data help to answer your research question(s)/hypotheses?

* What are threats to validity? How might you mitigate them?

* How might you analyze the data?

* What are the ethical considerations related to the plan?

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Dear Student,
Hi. The solution below should get you started. Please remember that when we say abbreviated, we mean 'something made short' but still retains the essential message. So, despite all the considerations listed, it cannot be long. The information below should get you started by showing you how. You must, however, complement this with additional research and resource materials as your data source. Thank you for using Brainmass.

Sincerely,
OTA 105878/Xenia Jones
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Research Plan Proposal: US Healthcare Issues

Overview & Research Problem

The topic of Public Health as a social issue is of great concern to Americans. There is a perceived state, one can even argue that it is widely recognized, that there is a huge disparity in the the American healthcare system for while some are fully covered, a huge percentage are with limited cover or no cover at all. The culprit, it is contented, is the fact that the healthcare system is not universal. It is tied to employment where employees pay into an insurance plan for health coverage where it becomes the responsibility of the ensured and their employer. So how good one's coverage is depends largely on the kind of cover they can afford and if they are employed at all. Still, many chose limited or no cover at all due to the exorbitant rates charged by the insurance companies putting them at risk. The exempted are those citizens at risk - very poor families, the elderly and veterans qualify for Medicare. In 2009, the US Census Bureau reported that 50.7 million Americans or 16.7% of total population are uninsured. The US retains the highest public expenditure ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides a sample research proposal on the topic of US Healthcare Issues following the Quantitative method. Written from the 1st person, it answers all the questions above in relation to the proposed research (see original problem). References are listed for further studies of the research topic as well as information on creating research proposals.

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