Research Topics in Health Administration

Assignment 2: Final Project Part III: Designing a Study

You are the hospital administrator in a medium-sized, urban, for-profit hospital that caters to middle-income groups. You wonder if patients’ satisfaction with the hospital stay will increase significantly if they are given better and more flexible meal options. You decide to conduct a research study to find the answer. The first step is to design the study.

Design a descriptive study to investigate if better meal options will increase patient satisfaction. Include the following elements of design:

  1. Develop a research question or purpose of the study
  2. Selection of subjects for study (what is the sample)
  3. Assignment of subjects to experimental or control groups
  4. Study time period
  5. Type of data to be gathered
  6. Measures of meal options and of patient satisfaction
  7. Method of data collection
  8. Guidelines for data interpretation

After you complete building the study design, list three design elements you considered in your study that were not readily obvious in the one you read last week “Diagnosed with Breast Cancer While on a Family History Screening Programme: An Exploratory Qualitative Study.”

By Tuesday, April 26, 2016, submit your study design and list of three identified design elements in a Word document to the W3: Assignment 2 Dropbox.

Name your document as SUO_HCM4004_W3_A2_LastName_FirstInitial.doc.

Cite relevant sources in the APA format on a separate page.

Assignment 2 Grading Criteria

Maximum Points

Developed the research question or purpose of study.


Described the sample.


Defined measurements.


Described the method of data collection.


Listed three study design elements that were not readily obvious in previous week’s assignment and explained the purpose of each.


Presented a structured document free of spelling and grammatical errors. Properly cited sources using the APA format.




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