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Research Question - The important step in designing a research study

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30 Aug 2016 - General
 

Research question is the main objective of the study. It is the uncertainty that the researchers want to find out through the study. Research question needs to be narrowed down to a concrete issue. Research question should be specific to the issue that we are keen to get an answer for, that can contribute to our state of knowledge. For example, "Is the new Drug A more effective than a placebo is treating disease G", "Do supplement T reduce the cardiovascular risk". The acronym FINER denotes the five essential characteristic of a good research question, which are the Feasible, Interesting, Novel, Ethical, and Relevant. When designing a research question, we must always check whether it fits the FINER criteria.

Finding a good research question that is sound and effective and at the same time is going to make a difference to the soceity can be really challenging today. I also agree, PICOT is a great format to use formulate questions in evidence based practice. As Marinelle said, this method is pretty straightforward, simple, clear and easy to use, and it addresses all the important aspects in formulating a research question. First part of it, P, as it stand for population or patient problem is very impo...
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Yes, the “PICO” principle is a great way to formulate an answerable clinical question. Asking the right question is fundamental to the evidence-based decision-making process. This is always starts with a patient question or clinical problem. A valid clinical question should include four parts, referred to as “PICO” that identify the patient problem or population (P), intervention (I), comparison (C) and outcome(s) (O). The challenge in finding a research question is defining an important one tha...
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When formulating clinical questions for a research paper, I usually use the PICOT format: Population/ Patient Problem: Who is your patient? (demographic and clinical characteristics); Intervention: What do you plan to do for the patient? (Intervention or therapy); Comparison: What is the alternative to your plan? (This can be a placebo or a comparative intervention or treatment); Outcome: What outcome do you seek? (Preferably objective outcome measures); Time: What is the time frame? (This can ...
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We say there is no smoke without a fire. Similarly there is no research without a question. All the great discoveries that the human kind has ever made were possible, because one person had a small question in his / head, and unlike most of us who would forget it the next day, did not stop and worked day in day out to find an answer for their question. The research question "is the fundamental core of a research project, study, or review of literature. It focuses the study, determines the m...
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