PhD in Nursing Science Program
Examples of Research Questions
Examples of broad clinical research questions include:
- Does the administration of pain medication at time of surgical incision reduce the need for pain medication twenty-four hours after surgery?
- What maternal factors are associated with obesity in toddlers?
- What elements of a peer support intervention prevent suicide in high school females?
- What is the most accurate and comprehensive way to determine men’s experience of physical assault?
- Is yoga as effective as traditional physical therapy in reducing lymphedema in patients who have had head and neck cancer treatment?
- In the third stage of labor, what is the effect of cord cutting within the first three minutes on placenta separation?
- Do teenagers with Type 1 diabetes who receive phone tweet reminders maintain lower blood sugars than those who do not?
- Do the elderly diagnosed with dementia experience pain?
- How can siblings’ risk of depression be predicted after the death of a child?
- How can cachexia be prevented in cancer patients receiving aggressive protocols involving radiation and chemotherapy?
Examples of some general health services research questions are:
- Does the organization of renal transplant nurse coordinators’ responsibilities influence live donor rates?
- What activities of nurse managers are associated with nurse turnover? 30 day readmission rates?
- What effect does the Nurse Faculty Loan program have on the nurse researcher workforce? What effect would a 20% decrease in funds have?
- How do psychiatric hospital unit designs influence the incidence of patients’ aggression?
- What are Native American patient preferences regarding the timing, location and costs for weight management counseling and how will meeting these preferences influence participation?
- What predicts registered nurse retention in the US Army?
- How, if at all, are the timing and location of suicide prevention appointments linked to veterans‘ suicide rates?
- What predicts the sustainability of quality improvement programs in operating rooms?
- Do integrated computerized nursing records across points of care improve patient outcomes?
- How many nurse practitioners will the US need in 2020?