Developing a Research Question

  1. Develop and state the research questions associated with of the following statement of purpose below:

Using data from the 1996 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), this study (1) examines the barriers to care faced by Hispanics, African Americans, Asian Americans, and non-Hispanic whites and whether barriers vary across these groups; (2) examines whether barriers to care vary between privately insured managed care and non–managed care enrollees within each of the four racial/ethnic groups; and (3) describes the socio demographic, insurance, and health status characteristics of families that face barriers.

  1. Develop and state the research questions associated with each of the 4 statements of purpose below:

The goal of this study was to: (1) evaluate the fruit and vegetable intake of Latino community members,

The goal of this study was to (2) evaluate the fat intake of Latino community members. The goal of this study was to (3) determine where the general majority of study participants eat out and shop for food, and

The goal of this study was to (4) evaluate the quality of the food that the stores most visited sell. In addition, the two community project coordinators were able to build their capacity as skilled community health and nutrition educators and advocates.

  1. Explain how you would design the study outlined below given the statements of purpose supplied. Be sure to include the population to be studied, the exclusion and inclusion criteria and data variables to be collected. (Hint: you have already developed the research questions, use this to help design your study)

Using data from the 1996 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), this study (1) examines the barriers to care faced by Hispanics, African Americans, Asian Americans, and non-Hispanic whites and whether barriers vary across these groups; (2) examines whether barriers to care vary between privately insured managed care and non–managed care enrollees within each of the four racial/ethnic groups; and (3) describes the socio demographic, insurance, and health status characteristics of families that face barriers.

 

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