Methods in Health Care Research
The working group Methods in Health Care Research follows a twin-track approach aimed at (a) establishing and further developing methodological and statistical expertise and (b) advising and supporting the work of the different research lines at the DZNE Witten. The members’ expertise covers quantitative as well as qualitative research approaches. The group’s work is focused on the following issues:
Methodology clarifies the conditions for the possibility of scientific knowledge, it’s fundamental theoretical assumptions and premises. Methodologies inform the linkage of theory and method. They not only have a determining influence on the selection of specific methods for data collection and analysis, but also on the overall conceptual design of empirical research studies.
The person in its living situation and environment is at the center of health care research with persons with dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases. Accordingly, the working group aims at selecting, adjusting and developing research methods that are appropriate for the research subject and the target population.
Given the characteristic of this field of study, it is a key challenge to find the most suitable strategy for data analysis and interpretation. To ensure the best possible quality of results, it is required to consider questions of analysis from the beginning of every research endeavor.
The data management unit supports all the site’s research projects by organizing their data throughout the research process from planning to publication. The data managers acquire, process and file the quantitative and qualitative data and offer advice on managing the data within the projects.