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International Journal of Nursing Education
Year : 2013, Volume : 5, Issue : 1
First page : ( 163) Last page : ( 166)
Print ISSN : 0974-9349. Online ISSN : 0974-9357.
Article DOI : 10.5958/j.0974-9357.5.1.041

Conceptualization of a Research Study: An Exemplar

Allana Saleema1, Khowaja Khurshid2, Ali Tazeen Saeed3, Khan Aamir Hameed4, Moser Debra5a,5b

1Instructor, The Aga Khan University School of Nursing, Karachi, Pakistan

2Director of Nursing and Assistant Hospital Director, Al-Noor Hospital, Alain, UAE

3Assistant Professor, The Aga Khan University School of Nursing and at the Community Health Sciences Department, Karachi, Pakistan

4Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Cardiology Medicine, Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan

5aProfessor and Gill Endowed Chair, University of Kentucky, College of Nursing, Kentucky, USA

5bEditor, The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, Co-Director, RICH Heart Program and Director, Center for Biobehavioral Research in Self-Management of Cardiopulmonary Diseases, University of Kentucky, College of Nursing, Kentucky, USA

Corresponding author: Saleema Allana, Office # 109 Second Floor, Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery, Contact Number: 03463048085/02134865440 (Office) Email: saleema.allana@aku.edu

Online published on 15 March, 2013.

Abstract

Conceptualization of a research study is the most critical phase, which includes several meticulous steps. The first step in the process is to identify the common research problems that prevail in a particular context, either through clinical observations or through literature review; each of these sources may be used to validate the problem identified through the other. The next step involves an in depth literature search to identify the work previously done in the field, determining the gap in the existing body of literature and establishing the need for the proposed study. The final step of the conceptualization phase is concerned with establishing the significance of the proposed study. This paper reports the conceptualization of a research study conducted in Karachi, to identify the gender differences among Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) patients, in terms of their prehospital delay times and in the associated factors of delay.

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Keywords

Conceptualization, Research Study, Gender Differences, Acute Coronary Syndrome, Prehospital Delay Time.

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