n South African Journal of Surgery - Finding a topic for an MMed research report : forum
|Article Title||Finding a topic for an MMed research report : forum|
|© Publisher:||Medpharm Publications|
|Journal||South African Journal of Surgery|
|Author||A. Bentley and E. Buchmann|
|Publication Date||Mar 2011|
|Pages||52 - 56|
|Keyword(s)||University of the Witwatersrand|
Sometimes the most difficult aspect of research is finding a place to start. There are various techniques for generating focused research questions and logical ways to find 'gaps' in the literature. Advice on how to make a project feasible within the time and resources available, is also useful. Certainly, research cannot start if there is no clear research topic, hypothesis or question. Even these words may be confusing; a topic is a broad area of research such as 'Ulcers', or perhaps 'Duodenal ulcers'. A hypothesis is simply a proposition regarding the outcome of a study, e.g. 'Lifestyle factors influence the severity of duodenal ulcers'. Research is much easier to plan if there is a clear, concise research question that ends in a question mark and conceptually has an answer, e.g. 'What lifestyle factors increase the risk of duodenal ulcers?' Once one has a question, the research can be focused to answer that question, and it becomes relatively easy to structure the protocol accordingly.
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