Evaluating Bias in Research

EvaluatingBias in Research


EvaluatingBias in Research

Biasin research entails systematic errors that occur when carrying outthe research. Such error tends to influence the outcomes of theresearch and could consequently lead to wrong results. Systematicerrors in research occur in different phases of research. The mostcommon areas where systematic research errors occur include, duringformulation of research questions, selection of the research design,sampling, hypothesis testing as well as during finding and analysis.It is imperative to understand that when carrying out any researchthere is a likelihood of occurrence of biases. However, the researchhas the utmost responsibility to ensure that they work harder toprevent such biases from happening. Relevant measures should be putin place to prevent research biases and enhance the quality of theresearch is enhanced (Whoriskey, 2012).

1.The first step in the student`s guides to research

Accordingto Chambliss and Eglitis, 2014, the first step to student guide whenconducting research is to frame the research questions. The researchquestions must be precise and clearly defined so that the readers canbe able to know what is being investigated. Besides, the researchershould identify research terms so that they can be able to know whatexactly they intend to measure. Identification of terms may help theto identify the type of data they should collect and how such datamay be collected. Such terms also ensure that research biases areavoided and also enhance the quality of research being conducted.

2.Definition of the first step of research in my own words

Thefirst step of any research is the formulation of a research problemor question that needs to be answered by the end of the study.Research question should be clear and precise such that it can givethe researcher the overall direction that should be taken towardscoming up with a successful research.

3.Major assumptions and bias of the drug industry that underlie drugresearch

Theassumptions and bias of drug industry underlying drug research occurduring the process of collection of data, analyses, findings andconclusion. The main objective of drug Manufacturing Corporation isthe maximization of profit. Therefore, most drugs companies tend tocreate research biases by funding research on drugs so that they canhave a chance to manipulate the research outcomes. The manipulationof drugs research by drug manufacturing companies tends to createbiases in research. Besides, a conflict of interest exists not onlyin drug industry but also in hospitals. Most healthcare facilities donot care for their patient anymore, their main objective it to makeprofits at the expense of their patient health. They tend torecommend patients on drugs that would help them achieve their profitmaximization goals. Such actions are unethical in research and areagainst the welfare of the society. Therefore, a properunderstanding of such biases and how they affect the quality ofresearch is an imperative step towards having a successfulmedicine-based practice (Whoriskey, 2012).

4.My Personal bias as a consumer on the drug industry’s that hasinfluence on research

Mypersonal biases as consumers in the pharmaceutical industry are basedon the influence that drugs companies have to consumers through falseadvertisements. Such companies pay some money to consumers so thatthey can give false testimony on the effectiveness of a particulardrug. The testimonies tend to be brought live on televisions in theform of adverts as via other social media platforms. Such testimoniesare biased and tend to mislead the public about the effectiveness ofa particular drug which is unethical and unacceptable.


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