Data Collection Methodologies for Health Research Projects

Health research is commonly based on a priori knowledge about particular conditions or diseases, and the factors or measures that predict the presence of these conditions or diseases. When a researcher decides that he or she wants to investigate relationships of this nature, careful consideration about the variables the researcher will choose to investigate become of substantial importance, as do the methods that an individual chooses to use for collecting and analyzing that information. I wanted to provide some general guidelines for issues a researcher should consider when (1) collecting data and (2) developing an analytic plan.

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