For this assignment, we are going to look at one of the most common types of research methods: the survey/questionnaire. We are going to loosely model the research process as described in your book so far using this type of study. There are a few components to this assignment, so please make sure each is under its own distinct subheading within the body of your paper (i.e. Step 1, Step 2, etc.). If I can’t find it, I can’t grade it. As usual, make sure your entire paper is in APA format (no author’s note or abstract) and is a minimum of 2 pages (that means two full pages of writing excluding the survey), but no longer than 4 pages. This assignment has a lot of moving parts. Papers that go above and beyond by being well written, organized, thought out, and show mastery of the topic area will be eligible for extra credit.
Step 1: Identify a topic in the healthcare field that interests you (this can be broad at this point, like “Medicare,” “mental disorders,” “elderly care,” etc.)
Step 2: Find 4 peer-reviewed journal articles published between 2012 and 2022 that are closely related to your topic. It will help you with the rest of the assignment if these studies are also based on surveys- play with different key words in the journal databases to focus on these types of studiesBriefly summarize (in your own words) what these articles tell you about your topic in a few paragraphs (I don’t need every detail of the papers. Just convey what is relevant). This section should be the bulk of the writing in your paper. Make sure all articles are cited in APA format on the References page at the end of your paper. You do not need to upload the articles.
Step 3: Based on what you learned from the articles above and what you still want to know about your topic, brainstorm 3-4 potential specific research questions (these are not the same as survey questions) about your topic- include each of your brainstorms in the paper (i.e. if you pick elderly care, one potential question could be, “Does regular family visitation decrease risk of depression in elderly individuals aged 70-90 who are living in long-term care facilities?” but not something too vague or subjective, like “Is elderly care in Florida good or bad?”). Remember, study questions should be specific, measurable, and realistic.
Step 4: Pick one of your brainstormed questions that would be best suited for a survey/questionnaire methodology. If your question requires you to collect biomedical data or use secondary data, or in any other way does not depend on participant attitudes/behaviors, it is not suited for a survey- your book has a lot of good information about this. For example, a question like “Does daily intake of a fish oil supplement increase HDL levels in post-menopausal women?” would not be appropriate. To answer this type of question, you would need to measure HDL levels, which obviously cannot be done as a survey.
tep 5: Develop a 5-10 question survey that could be a part of a study that addresses the research question and identify your target population for the survey (i.e. elderly women aged 65-85 who live in rural environments and have had normal cholesterol levels for the past ten years- the more detail the better). To make this easier, we are going to standardize the question responses to fit a Likert scale. Click here to see examples of Likert scale type responses. (Links to an external site.)Identify ONE type of scale from the link that you will use in your survey (i.e. each question would have the same potential answers- clearly identify which of the scales on the linked page you would use for your survey (Links to an external site.)- you are picking only one that will work for all of your questions, so make sure you write your questions in such a way that each could be answered be one single scale). You only need to write out the scale ONCE so I know what you picked- not once for each questions. Remember, the survey does not count towards the page limit. You must have two pages of writing in addition to however many pages you need for the survey.