Data Collection Plan

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A data collection plan is a blueprint of how the researcher will implement a study (Grove, Burns, & Gray, 2013). Prior to developing a data collection plan, the researcher will need to consider several factors such as time, cost, and consistency. The first step is to identify issues and /or opportunities for collecting data such as is there a problem that exist and whether or not it is causing an adverse effect on the population. The plan should be specific to the study being conducted. Approach and method Before collecting data, one may need to develop or modify forms in order for information to be used to record data. One of the most commonly used data that is often recorded is demographic data. Demographic data includes age, gender, race, …show more content…

It requires 3 distinct steps: • Gaining entry into the health care system. • Accessing a health care location where needed services are provided. • Finding a health care provider with whom the patient can communicate and trust (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, 2010). (Jennifer E. DeVoe, et al., 2007) in a study regarding barriers to health care for low income adults concluded that patients who do not seek care in a family medicine clinic are not necessarily getting their care elsewhere. Encountering problems: It is possible that the researcher will encounter minor to major issues during the data collection. The first issue is failure to establish operational definitions such as handling multiple possible defects and which unit of measure one will use in collecting the data. The second issue is adding bias to the data collection process. These issues are errors of procedure, missing data and the change in pace of the process being studied.

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