Research articles are the main type of primary source documents in the health sciences. They can be quantitative, qualitative, or mixed method (a combination of quantitative and qualitative).
Research designs and protocols are chosen based on the purpose of the study. However, all studies have weaknesses and limitations, which must be considered when analyzing research articles.
Considerations when reading a research article:
Structure of a research article:
Abstract or Summary of the research
Introduction: Why was the study done?
Methods: Describes how they did the study
Results - What did the researchers find?
Conclusions or Comments:
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