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How helpful are mnemonics in the development of a research question?

18 December 2017

Nurse Researcher

Evidence & practice

Background The formulation of a research question is a vital first step in the research process and the significance of this is well reported in the literature; a...

From research topic to research question: a challenging process

01 July 2004

Nurse Researcher

issues in research

Developing a research question is a difficult and challenging step in the research process. Cormack and Benton (1996) warn that this process is very rarely a once...

Learning how to undertake a systematic review: part 1

18 August 2010

Nursing Standard


This article, the first of two, provides an overview of the processes involved in writing a systematic review. The article describes the differences between a...

Setting a research question, aim and objective

21 March 2016

Nurse Researcher

Question development

Aim To describe the development of a research question, aim and objective. Background The first steps of any study are developing the research question, aim and...

Synthesising the literature as part of a literature review

18 March 2015

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article examines how to synthesise and critique research literature. To place the process of synthesising the research literature into context, the article...