Topic #3 DQ 1
Quantitative research is a research strategy that focuses on quantifying the data collection and analysis of data. This type of research study employs a systematic approach in a controlled way to define a problem and a subsequent solution to the problem. There are several types of Quantitative research methods. However, the type of experimental research selected has a significant impact on the outcome of the experiment. Experimental research shows a cause-and-effect relationship between exposure and outcome.
According to the article, the example used was the relationship between diabetes and foot ulcers. The cause would be diabetes and the effect would be foot ulcers. In this example the cause was not manipulated as in a non-experimental study. In this study cohort group, they shared similar lifestyles as it pertains to the topic study in this case diabetes. The similarities were behaviors like diet, exercise and eating habits.
In the experimental research there is a control and experimental group. The experimental group is manipulated with control variables. The example in this article was that the experimental group participated in an educational interventions program and the control group did not, they received standard treatment. The outcome measures the effects and manipulation and the results compared between the two groups.