Essay on Research Methodology - Unit 22 - P1

2245 Words Oct 11th, 2013 9 Pages
Sarbjit Kaur
Unit 22 – Research Methodology
P1 – Explain the function of research in health and social care
In this assignment I will be explaining what research is, the roles of research and the purpose of research. I will also include examples to show my understanding of research.
‘Research is a diligent and systematic inquiry or investigation into a subject I order to discover or revise facts, theories and applications etc.: recent research in medicine’ (
Research can be used in many methods, for example: questionnaires, television, leaflets, books etc. it allows us to keep up to date on the new findings or discoveries e.g. a new type of cancer or a new vaccination. Research is the investigation into
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Practice can be defined as to pursue a profession, especially law or medicine, (
This allows improvements to be made both in policy making and practice. Research is carried out into a particular issue, and decisions are made about how changes could be implemented in order to fill these gaps and ensure that the needs of the particular group are adequately met, (Talman, 2010). An example of research to inform policy or practice can be underprivileged children in deprived areas of Britain, as they have more of a risk of suffering from respiratory diseases. This is because they are in low income families and bad housing, therefore there is more dampness and mould, which can cause respiratory diseases. Research is carried out on this issue and it has found out that underprivileged children in deprived areas of Britain are more likely to suffer from respiratory diseases. Decisions are then made on how to ensure that the needs of the children are up to standards and are met. This could be by improving housing qualities or opening up more health clinics in order to treat the respiratory problems the children are having.
Research to extend knowledge and understanding
Knowledge can be defined as acquaintance with facts, truths, or principles, as from study or investigation; general erudition: knowledge of many

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