Starting the Research Process

Starting the Research Process
Formulating a specific, applicable research problem statement is an important step in beginning a research
process. The problem statement defines the focus of the research study, dictates what methods and tools will
be used, and sets the stage for all subsequent elements of the research process. Because of this, it is
necessary to put a great deal of thought into the problem statement to ensure that the rest of the research
process will be well planned and appropriate to the problem at hand.
This week’s Discussion asks you to identify evidence-based practice problems that can be addressed using
quantitative research methods. Based on the practice problem you select, formulate a quantitative research
problem statement. In this Discussion, you are also given the opportunity to evaluate your colleagues’ problem
statements. Please refer to this week’s Learning Resources for appropriate and scholarly examples of research
problem statements and how they inform the rest of the research process.
To prepare:
Determine a nursing practice problem that is of interest to you and that is appropriate for a quantitative
research study. Note: You will continue to use this problem in the Discussions over the next several weeks.
Using the Walden Library and other credible sources, locate and read two or three articles that address your
practice problem.
With your practice problem in mind, review the Learning Resources and media presentations focusing on the
strategies presented for generating a research problem statement.
Ask yourself: What is the importance of my practice problem to nursing, research, and theory? How might
addressing this problem bring about positive social change? How will investigating this problem support
evidence-based practice?
Post a proposed research problem statement, including sufficient information to make your focus clear and
explaining how addressing this problem may bring about positive social change.

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