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Introduction to Health Services Research : A Self-Study Course

Case Description | Case Background | Case Objectives | Case Exercise

Case 1. Health Disparities Research Case (Page 5 of 37)
Phase One: Thinking About the Issues

Q1. Determine the problems or issues inherent in this research case and and begin to define the questions you need to ask.

Suggested Solution

Now that you have read over the case and background information you can begin to ask questions and plan your strategy for retrieving information of use to your researcher. In answering the questions posed about this case you may want to

  • list approaches used to researching health disparities
  • describe the steps in developing a Community Based Participatory Study and the advantages and disadvantages of using this approach
  • examine sources for published literature in health services research related to health disparities
  • find and examine current health services research projects in health disparities
  • review relevant journals and existing datasets and instruments
  • visit and examine the key government and non-profit organizations with an interest in this area for possible funding and information
  • evaluate retrieved articles and related content for quality
  • determine how to keep current with new information on this and related topics

Keep in mind that the more you study this complex problem, the more questions will arise and the more likely you will be to change your search strategy in response to your new knowledge.

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