Research Methods as Applied to Palliative Care



This module aims to describe and appraise the methods available for research in palliative care, leaving students able to understand and develop sound (and feasible) research studies. Common research methods in palliative care are reviewed, including epidemiological methods, survey research design (including questionnaire design), qualitative research methods, and integration of methods in palliative care research. Statistical and measurement issues in palliative care are also covered including basic analysis of data and statistical interpretation. Other issues involved in designing and executing successful studies are also covered; these include the development research questions, research protocol development, and ethical issues relevant to palliative care research.