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Running head: THREE ABBREVIATED RESEARCH PLANS

Three Abbreviated Research Plans
Patricia Bolivar
Walden University
Research Theory, Design, and Methods
RSCH- 8100H-6
Dr. Rodney Bowden
November 18, 2012

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THREE ABBREVIATED RESEARCH PLANS

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Three Abbreviated Research Plans
Introduction
This paper illustrates how a public health practitioner when presented with a problem, issue, or situation in the community can use a quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods approach strategy of inquiry to investigate not only possible solutions, but to explore direction to determine a specific treatment or intervention and influence an outcome. Three abbreviated research plans are proposed in this paper as possible solutions to
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HEALTH DISPARITIES IN THE U.S. POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS

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Abbreviated Quantitative Plan
Introduction
The disparities in the U.S. healthcare go beyond the widespread believe that health disparities are exclusive to certain groups of racial and ethnic populations in the nation. Health disparities include differences in health status due to age, gender, sexual identity, religion, mental health, cognitive, sensory, or physical disability (Health People 2020, U.S. HHS, 2010), risk factors for disease and injury, socioeconomic status, access to health care use due to transportation or geography, and difference in the quality of health care delivered and received by all segments of the population (Frist, 2005). In order for an individual to achieve and maintain good health all the aforementioned factors must be addressed to achieve health equality.
Therefore, comprehensive, multidisciplinary, and broad- thinking approaches to resolving disparities in conjunction with policy development, ethics, information technology, patient advocates, and research may be the solution to narrow the gap of health care among population groups. According to Healthy People 2020 (U.S. HHS, 2010) health disparity is defined as ―a particular type of health difference that is closely linked with social, economic, and/or environmental disadvantage‖ and it also defines health equality as ―the

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