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Design Decisions in Research

8. Summary

An understanding of the research process can guide novice investigators in designing and planning a research study.

All design decisions need to be carefully considered to enhance the overall quality of the research and the applicability of results to healthcare practice or policy.

This chapter provides an overview of the phases of research design, with an emphasis on the first two phases:

  • The Conceptual Phase
  • The Design and Planning Phase
  • The Empirical Phase
  • The Analytic Phase
  • The Dissemination Phase

This chapter addressed research methodologies including:

  • Qualitative
  • Quantitative
  • Mixed Methods

Further reading on specific designs and methodological challenges is recommended. Many of the topics and methodologies discussed here are discussed in great detail throughout the rest of this anthology.