Handbook of Theory and Methods in Applied Health Research
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Handbook of Theory and Methods in Applied Health Research

Questions, Methods and Choices

Edited by Catherine Walshe and Sarah Brearley

This Handbook expertly instructs the reader on how to conduct applied health research across a number of disciplines. Particularly aimed at postgraduate health researchers and students of applied health research, it presents and explains a wide range of research designs and other contemporary issues in applied health research.
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Chapter 3: Developing research questions

Sarah G. Brearley


The process of conceptualizing research is explored in this chapter and is distilled into a series of steps which illuminate how to develop precise research questions every time. Following these steps creates a clear route map for researchers, which takes them from the initial idea, through defining the research focus (using evidence synthesis), developing a rudimentary conceptual framework and defining the research aim, to the final development of the research question. Different types of research questions and their purpose in answering different research problems are also considered.

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