Research Methods

Possessing a basic understanding of the scientific basis and rationale behind the choice of methods is important for individuals leading and designing studies and those supporting delivery e.g., through recruitment of participants or collecting data. Study design can greatly impact on the validity of the research findings, so it is important to select the most appropriate design.

This section provides information on research design and methods in pharmacy, including their key principles, strengths and limitations.

Key points covered in this guide

  • The principles of research design (strengths and limitations) and the importance of having a plan that addresses the research question
  • An overview of different types of methods and their main features
  • The key principles and procedures in quantitative and qualitative research, and what to consider when collecting, analysing and interpreting data

First Published: 25 October 2022

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