Num. of words: 1500
Topic: Research Plan (Research Proposal)
Outline & Structure: A clinical scenario imitates a real-life situation where questions are raised about clinical practice and evidence-based solutions are required. write a research plan for this project. The research plan must be between 1200-1500 words long, be double-spaced, written in 12 font and include the following subheadings:
1. Introduction: Write a brief statement/background about the issue(s) at hand including a few references from the literature. You must conduct a brief literature search using PubMed or another similar search engine and identify a few key articles and present those findings. This section should be about half a page in length.
2. Hypothesis & Aims: Clearly state the hypothesis and aim(s) of your project. You may only have one aim or a few, but ensure that your aims are clear and concise and also specific to the problem you are addressing (one sentence for each aim).
3. Methodology: Clearly write how you will undertake this project. Use subheadings to clarify each part of your research plan, eg patient selection, types of measurements, study design (is it qualitative or quantitative, is it retrospective or prospective, is it a cohort study or a randomised controlled study, etc). Also include a section on ethical consideration and decide if ethical approval is necessary and why. Provide number of patients/measurements and justify how you determined these.
4. Analysis: If applicable, attempt to determine how you will analyse your data. Provide the type of test(s), eg T-test, and why you chose to use this test. If you are analysing qualitative data, provide a paragraph on how you will collect your information and how you will analyse it.
5. Strength and weaknesses of your research plan: Detail why you think your research plan is suitable and how you could improve on it (if applicable). What are possible limitations that may reduce the validity or value of your study?
6. Timeline: Write an outline of how long the project will take. Include a breakdown of the major steps. For example, how long will it take to get ethics approval, how long to collect the data, how long to analyse the data etc. This will demonstrate to us how carefully you have thought about the entire process. A gant chart is one of several ways to display a timeline.
7. Brief list of references
Reading published articles in good quality journals and some of the textbooks available on research methodology will help you understand how to design and write up your research plans.
The clinical scenario is:
*. Reducing patient wait-times for MR services .
Excessive wait times for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies are a major concern in public hospitals in Australia. Strategies to decrease wait-times focus on increasing services including offering 24 hour access to MRI studies. Although this strategy has been moderately successful at your facility, you have noticed that there are an increasing number of late cancellations and even worse no-shows by patients. As such, you believe that productivity for the shift running from 11pm to 7am is much lower than the regular daytime shifts. You have discussed this with your department manager and she has indicated that she needs some solid proof to take this further and that speculation is not sufficient. You now have been asked to find the proof.
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