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Formulating a well-designed research question is the foundation of an effective research project. However, there are inherent challenges in developing research questions within public health (PH) contexts due to its multidisciplinary nature. The PICO (Population/Problem, Intervention, Comparison, and Outcome) model is ideal for intervention/therapy questions rooted in clinical medicine; but, it is often not suitable for qualitative or mixed-methods research conducted within PH contexts. This session will introduce alternate frameworks for defining research questions and briefly outline their suitability for application to PH subject domains. Practical examples will demonstrate the selection, application and use of appropriate frameworks for developing answerable PH research questions.
Presenters: Beata Pach, Susan Massarella and Minakshi Sharma
Beata Pach is the Manger of Library Services at Public Health Ontario (PHO). She has extensive experience in the design, implementation, and provision of public health information services. She is engaged in the delivery of information tools to support evidence-informed public health practice and facilitate finding, evaluating, and utilizing public health information, research and data.
Susan Massarella and Minakshi Sharma are Library Information Specialists at PHO. Susan has been working in public health for over ten years and is developing tools and processes to keep public health practitioners informed of current literature. Minakshi joined PHO in September 2015 and provides comprehensive literature searching support.
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