Scholarly Methods in Nursing and Health Sciences 3

Scholarly Methods in Nursing and Health Sciences 3

NHS8060 Scholarly Methods in Nursing and Health Sciences

Unit 3 Discussion

Recruiting and Sampling

Choose from one of the following scenarios that describe a health care or public health issue or problem:

Scenario A

The rise in obesity among low-income Latino preschoolers is a public health concern. The childcare environment is considered an influential arena in the early development of lifestyle habits that can potentially lead to childhood obesity. There is a need to explore the role and potential corrective influence of family childcare providers.

Scenario B

Weight loss is a much desired goal, even in non-morbid patients with Type 2 Diabetes; however, non-morbid patients frequently encounter great difficulty in meeting the therapeutic weight loss goal set by their physicians. Bariatric surgery appears to be a viable alternative to medication for these patients. Before going to the expense of conducting a randomized clinical trial, it is important to investigate the opinion and preferences of non-morbid Type 2 Diabetes patients regarding the value of, and concerns about, bariatric surgery.

Scenario C

The management of diabetes is a central focus in some Native American tribal regions of the U.S. Continuous quality improvement is an important aspect of improving service delivery rates and clinical outcome measures. Because one of the well-recognized factors involved in a well-designed health care delivery system is the sense of ownership (over the diabetes management process), it is important to explore how this sense is understood and expressed in this population.

In your initial post to this discussion, identify the scenario you have chosen and use the reading and resource material from this unit to address the following:

Describe the approach you would take for recruiting and sampling patients for this study.

Describe which technique you would use to collect data (such as focus group, interview, et cetera), and explain why you selected it.

Describe the issues of credibility and trustworthiness you should consider for your particular scenario, and describe how you might resolve potential problems.


In the e-book, Nursing and Healthcare Research at a Glance, there is information about conducting research with special groups (children, young people, adults, elderly, disabled, and vulnerable) on pages 130–158.

Umaña-Taylor and Bámaca’s 2004 article, “Conducting Focus Groups With Latino Populations: Lessons From the Field,” from Family Relations, volume 53, issue 3, pages 261–272, provides insights into conducting cross-cultural focus groups.

In your initial post, include at least one APA-formatted citation (in-text, as well as full reference). The citation should be from materials you have read during this unit. It may be from course textbooks, assigned readings, or an outside source.


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