HLTH 31600: Research Methods and Analysis

Course Materials

Defining Your Research Question

  • Determine and define the clinical problem
·       Frame this in a question format as it will help you determine the key concepts: population, intervention and outcome.
  • Generate a list of keywords using PICO
·       Patient or Population (what is the disorder or disease)
·       Intervention
·       Comparison (if any)
·       Outcome (what you are hoping to assess)

Best Bets

Health Databases
MEDLINE (EBSCO) / PubMed
This is a great tool for finding primary biomedical journal articles with links to some full-text. Be sure to use the many helpful limiters such as: gender, age, publication type and clinical queries.
CINAHL
This is a great tool for finding education, health promotion, and psychosocial health articles along with research articles. Be sure to use the many limiters such as: gender, age, publication type and clinical queries.
SPORTDiscus with Full Text
This is a great tool for finding sports medicine, fitness, coaching and education articles.  Be sure to include the keyword "research" if looking for research articles.

Case

Try searching Medline/PubMed, CINAHL, and SportDiscus for some interesting articles discussing the following health issue: As a school health educator, you’re interested in learning more about obesity in adolescents and the role of public schools. Specifically you’d like to find out some proven approaches and interventions to address the public health problem of obesity in adolescents and the criteria for designing a successful program. You’re hoping to start a nutrition or diet program, but you’d like some concrete evidence of what works and what doesn’t. You’re hoping to receive some funding for developing this program based on a well-researched and written proposal.

Search Strategies