Stages in the research process
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Stages in the research process

Leslie Gelling Reader in research ethics, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, England

Research should be conducted in a systematic manner, allowing the researcher to progress from a general idea or clinical problem to scientifically rigorous research findings that enable new developments to improve clinical practice. Using a research process helps guide this process. This article is the first in a 26-part series on nursing research. It examines the process that is common to all research, and provides insights into ten different stages of this process: developing the research question, searching and evaluating the literature, selecting the research approach, selecting research methods, gaining access to the research site and data, pilot study, sampling and recruitment, data collection, data analysis, and dissemination of results and implementation of findings.

Nursing Standard. 29, 27, 44-49. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.27.44.e8745


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 10 January 2014

Accepted: 03 October 2014