identify a subject for research relevant to working in the Health and Social Care Sector and produce a journal article that could be submitted for publication
Please complete Task 2, Task 1 has already been completed, I have attached a copy so you can see it as well. Please use primary and secondary research, quantitative and qualitative.
TASK 2 – Produce a Journal Article (weighted 75%)
Based on your placement practice or work related experience, identify a subject for research relevant to working in the Health and Social Care Sector and produce a journal article that could be submitted for publication.
• Shows evidence of engagement in a period of work-related research.
• Uses scientific models of research to produce a Journal Article.
• Demonstrates competence in academic writing, by applying critical analysis in the form of a Journal Article.
• Synthesise the recommendation for service improvement.
Produce a Journal Article (weighted 80%) 2000 words.
During the completion of at least 45 hours of placement practice or work-related experience
Identify a subject for research relevant to working in the Health and Social Care Sector to produce a journal article that could be submitted for publication.
Show evidence of engagement in a period of work-related research.
L02. Apply scientific models of research to produce a Journal Article.
LO3. Demonstrate competence in academic writing by applying critical analysis in the form of a Journal Article.
LO4. Synthesise a recommendation for service improvement.
Journal Article Structure Outline
• Research Topic / Title- Your chosen topic /title
• Executive summary
• Introduction / Background of the Study
• Rationale of the Study
• Research Aim
• Objectives of the Study
• Research Question.
• Literature Review
• Research Methodology
• Findings and Analysis
• Recommendations and Conclusion
• This section should provide some of the subject’s background that forms the principal themes of your report i.e., the key words in your chosen topic, examples are “Physical wellbeing”, “Mental wellbeing” and “Emotional wellbeing”. Also, your chosen disease is a key word as well, example “dementia”, “diabetes”, “Asthma”, “stroke” etc .
• If the report is designed to solve a perceived ‘problem’, you start by explaining the history of the ‘problem’(Your chosen topic is regarding as a problem) can be reviewed here, culminating in the situation that prompted the report to be written- meaning stating your reason for investigating or writing your topic.
• You should also provide some key information about the organisation in which your research is based without mentioning the specific name of the setting.
Example: “This research is to explore the interrelationship of Insomnia on the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of residents in a care home setting”
• Context (Chosen setting) should be – anonymised (e.g., your health and social care setting .e.g., Hospital, care home, nursing home, residential home etc.)
Rationale Issue or problem for enquiry
• What topic did you choose to investigate, and why? -this means why you have chosen your topic (Examples of topic are: Dementia, Diabetes, Arthritis, Insomnia, Stroke, Asthma etc.)
• What is your research question ?
Literature Review (Secondary Research)
• Conduct a literature review using a range of sources relating to your research topic.
• What is already known about your topic?
• You need to know what the key literature is related to the research objective in order to plan a research study to explore the phenomenon (Your topic).
• Your report discusses the sources of literature found and how they relate or otherwise to the research topic.
• Method / Methodology-Evidence Based Practice L02. Apply scientific models of research to produce a Journal Article.
• This section is needed for the reader to judge the authenticity of the ‘evidence’(The sources where you get all the information about your topic) that comprises the report’s main body.
• All the sources used that relates to your topic and research objectives should be mentioned.
• How did you investigate the issue?-explain your data collection method- Example: Secondary research using qualitative method?
• Why did you choose that method for this particular research?
• If any published documents were studied, this should be mentioned here.
• Your report will include the critical analysis of data and the advantages and disadvantages of the research methods and approaches taken to data collection.
Method / Methodology Example for secondary:
When it comes to research methods, there are qualitative and quantitative methods. These research methods or approaches are important to discuss because these can drastically alter the way data is gathered and analysed.
“The method used in the research is the secondary method that involves using existing data”. This method chosen can also be categorized into qualitative and quantitative data because it is a method that can be quickly summarized and organized making it even cheaper than primary research as it makes use of already existing data.
Qualitative method permits researcher to collect and analyse data in a thematic manner. In order to understand the dynamic reality or human behaviour, this approach is used because it is hard to measure intangible factors statistically (Alavi & Hąbek, 2016).
In the qualitative approach, researchers use observations, interviews etc. as the data collection strategy as these strategies serve the purpose of the getting qualitative data.
Data collection and analysis -Thematic analysis. LO3. Demonstrate competence in academic writing by applying critical analysis in the form of a Journal Article.
• What kind of data did you collect?
• What did you do with the data / what method of analysis did you use and why? .
• If qualitative data, you can present themes and illustrative examples.
o Having presented your findings, what do they show in relation to your aim/research question?
o What difficulties or limitations did you encounter / are relevant (e.g., validity)?
LO4-Synthesise a recommendation for service improvement.
• Your recommendations should clearly spell out your ideas to enable them to be acted upon.
• Critically reflect on how you have conducted the project, the lessons learned and the alternative you would consider in the future with recommendations for actions to be taken forward.
• In this section you should say what your facts or findings mean i.e., discuss the key implications arising from the wealth of detail you may have collected.
• The conclusions should not incorporate any new facts.
• What, overall, have you gained from carrying out the action research?
• What can you conclude about your research question?
References and Bibliography
• All references in the report should be listed in the correct Harvard format in a References list. Other materials used but not referred to in the Research Project should be included in a Bibliography.
• Alphabetical order, Harvard method.
• All detailed statistical tabulations, graphs, lists, etc. should be organised into separate appendices.
• Include a list of references (sources that are actually cited in the report itself)
• Nothing should be included that is not referred to in the main body of the report.