So, you want to do research? Not sure where to start? Well, look around (literally!) – what types of clients do you see? What types of interventions do you use? Who are your most challenging clients? Have you developed a strategy that works for certain patients? Do you notice a trend in your setting that you want to know more about? Not sure if something you are doing works or not?
The first step in research is simple – identify a clinical problem. The problem will guide the rest of the research process and you should be motivated to dive deep into the topic (it should be something that you have interest in!). You can keep the topic broad at first.
Maybe you see a lot of clients with Parkinson’s disease, you can start there. Or, maybe you started using a technique with a new client group and think it is working well with them, but you aren’t sure (and you want to know the answer).
Think you have a good area to do research but feel lost? Feel free to contact me – I can help get you on track!
Once you have an idea about which clinical problem you would like to pursue, you need to do a literature search – see what is known and not known about the problem. The literature search is the next step of the research process (click to go to step two now!).
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