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Developing a research question

In this video Dr Tom Kingstone explains what a research question is and how to develop one.

In this video Dr Tom Kingstone, Lecturer in Mental Health and Wellbeing and Research Associate in Mental Health talks you through the following:

  • What is a research question?
  • Why is the research question important?
  • What might inspire a research question?
  • Different types of research questions
  • How to phrase a research question
  • Frameworks that can help you refine your question
  • Examples of developing research questions

This video explains that you could be inspired with a research question at any time so don’t worry if you don’t have an idea yet. It also explains some of the methods and tools you can use to refine and focus your question.

If you need any more support with developing a research question, if your organisation has a Research and Development department, contact them. If not, your local Clinical Research Network may be able to help.

Think about your professional role and personal experiences – where do you think you will most likely be inspired with a research idea? Write in the comments below and take some time to see what other learners think.

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