Encyclopedia of Public Health

2008 Edition
| Editors: Wilhelm Kirch

Research

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5614-7_3001

Definition

A continuous process with a precisely defined aim (or aims) and duration as well as a conveniently chosen research strategy. It implies existence of a plan and a certain number of accurately chosen test subjects whose characteristics are properly explained and are observed and measured using instruments of acknowledged quality. It contains an adequate description, analysis, generalization, interpretation, and presentation.

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