Data collection methods series: Part 1: Define a clear purpose for collecting data

Eileen M. Harwood, Pakou Vang

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Abstract

In summary, allowing sufficient time early in the research process to clearly define the purpose for collecting data avoids serious errors as well as personal frustrations and regrets at the end of the process. Needed for that clarity of purpose are an acknowledgment of our motives for initiating he research that is factored into the perspectives we gather from a variety of literature and stakeholders, which aid in developing a visual map of the problem that is used in creating a list of study options stated as goals or purposes from which we will select one that will direct our study focus and decisions for data collection. With a list and perhaps a leaning toward 1 option, we move to the next data collection step - selecting a feasible data collection method to match the purpose for conducting the study, the subject of the next installment of our series.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-20
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009

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