The working title of the research is initially drafted as – Diabetes Treatment in Bradford, West Yorkshire,
Diabetes is increasingly becoming a primary health challenge in the
3.0 Statement of the Problem
The problem that will be addressed in this research is how diabetes is being managed in
1) How people are diagnosed with diabetes? What are the activities of local
2) For the people diagnosed with diabetes, how diabetic patients are treated? What are the primary treatment activities available in
3) How does the local government ensure prompt access to treatment and support?
4) How diabetic patients are provided with continuing care and support?
4.0 Objectives of the Study
The main purpose of this research is to find out what is the best treatment for diabetes for people living in
§ To analyse the diabetic management plan through evaluating the available treatment for the diabetic patients
§ To evaluate the access and support schemes to treatment among the diabetic community
§ To explore the nature and dynamics of treatments available for diabetic patients
§ To investigate the role of
5.0 Research Plan
Interpretivism is the necessary research philosophy for this study because it allows searching the 'details of the situation to understand the reality or perhaps a reality working behind them'. The research strategy to be used is exploratory research because it aims to know more about the phenomenon of diabetes in
My research will operate within the cross-sectional design, as I will be collecting data on more than one case, using semi-structured interviews, structured observation, and document analysis. The benefit of this would be that Ì would be able to focus on the breath and depth of the research. Moreover, by exploring the breath of the topic, I am increasing my validity and the truthfulness of my research, and thereby minimize the confounding variables. Survey method will be most plausible for this research. One of its purpose is to describe, e.g., to count the frequency of some event or to assess the distribution of some variables such as proportion of the population of different age groups, sex, religion, castes and languages, knowledge, attitude and adaption of practices about particular issues, and other information of similar nature about the population (Commonwealth of Learning, 2000).
A semi-structured questionnaire will be developed and it will be used as the survey tool for the study. Accordingly, semi-structured interviews provide the researcher the opportunity to 'probe' answers, which can be done in instances where there is a need or want for the interviewees to explain further or build on their responses. I aim to use questionnaire in the local diabetic clinic based, which is based in the local hospital to carry out this research. I will look at all genders and ethnic groups. Age range will be 18 to 65 years. A semi-structured questionnaire will be used for this study.
6.0 Ethical Considerations
The project will abide by the regulations outlined in the University's Ethical Approval Process which identifies ethics procedure policies and principles. This means that ethics approval will be sought for all questionnaires and interview questions. For this research, I will complete the ethics checklist and, as the nature of my research does not answer "yes" to any seven of the questions in the checklist, I will sign the form and give it to my supervisor.
The research will include primary data, but it will not include any personal information on individuals, so Data Protection Act does not apply for this situation. The respondents of the survey will be able to choose whether to identify them or stay anonymous. Before sending out the questionnaires and doing interviews, I will check them with my supervisor. Participation consent forms and interview consent forms will be also accomplished. The vulnerability of participants will be ensure and protected through conforming to the ethical requirements of obtaining consents. It will involve the provision to participants of information at their level of comprehension and the exercise of voluntary choice to participate. The recruitment process will protect human participants from being coerced or improperly influenced. I will ensure that the data will be kept confidentially. I will establish with the data providers the use of my data and will ask their permission in case of publishing data. Before getting interviews recorded, I will ensure if it is acceptable by person to be interviewed.
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