Types Of Data Collection Methods Essay

752 Words Mar 6th, 2016 4 Pages
Data obtained from research and the manner in which it is gathered helps to validate and answer the clinical question being examined. Research data must be objective, void of any personal biases, beliefs, values, or attitudes and be gathered from the subjects in a systemic manner that is consistent and uniform (LoBiondo-Wood & Haber, 2014). The various types of data collection methods used in research, their advantages, and their disadvantages will be discussed. Finally, I will describe a scenario where one type of data collection method would be useful and point out what hidden disasters may exist in this method.
According to LoBiondo-Wood and Haber (2014), the data collection methods include, observational, self-report, physiological, and existing data and the successes of most studies depend on selecting the proper method. The researcher can collect data in four different manners; by observation (interviewing), self-report (questionnaires), physiological (laboratory or radiology results), or from existing data (from medical or national databases), and standardize this data in an accurate way that reduces measurement errors (LoBiondo-Wood & Haber, 2014). There are disadvantages and advantages with each data collection method.
Observational method will gather information that view the subjects in a way that is accurate with how they act in real time life activities. Disadvantages to that it is hard for the researcher to keep their own views, values, and beliefs in…

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