There Is No Hope of Doing Perfect Research” (Griffiths, 1998, P97). Do You Agree?

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“There is no hope of doing perfect research” (Griffiths, 1998, p97). Do you agree?

The statement by Griffiths (1998) that there is no hope in doing perfect research (97) has raised a few eyebrows and has become a highly controversial issue over the past decade. Reading and Writing sources (2010) defines research as a systematic examination to obtain facts. According to this definition, research is obtaining accurate, reliable information, with the use of a method. Now, how do we define accuracy and reliability in a world where human beings dominate?

In addition, research is also defined by the Google English dictionary (2010) as a carefully planned and performed analysis, searching for previously unknown facts. If this investigation
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According to The Telegraph (2009) the Healthcare Commission found that nearly one in ten complaints received by the NHS was related to a delay in diagnosis or the wrong diagnosis being made. Some of the reasons for false medical diagnosis include, but not limited to, misinterpreted test results and reduced communication and diseases that had similar symptoms. Therefore, since conducting research is a process which follows specific rules and organised procedures in order to get the intended results, the possibility for occurrences such as erroneous interpretation cannot be accurately measured.

Yet, how could one begin to argue that there is hope for perfect research when the evidence is there to show how seriously flawed the process can be at times? Over the past few years, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has been recalling certain drugs following reports of serious injury or death. If there were hope for perfect research, why does the safety of more than a dozen popular prescription drugs have to be examined?

Moreover, all researches are subjected to limitations and errors. During my undergraduate degree, I conducted a qualitative research. The topic was “The Prevalence of Truancy is a Cause for Major concern in Augstye / Lancaster District”. I used the interview technique to gather information from participants whom I
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