[this posting back by popular demand]
TITLES!! That’s what you get when you search for research online!
But, whether your search turns up 3 or 32,003 article titles….remember that a title tells you a LOT. In fact, if well-written it is a mini-abstract of the study.
For example take this research article title “What patients with abdominal pain expect about pain relief in the Emergency Department” by Yee et al. in 2006 in JEN.
• Variable (key factor that varies)? Answer = Expectations about pain relief
• Population studied? Answer = ED patients with abdominal pain
• Setting? Answer = Maybe the ED (because they could’ve been surveyed after they got home or were admitted)
• Design? Answer = not included, but you might guess that it is a descriptive study because it likely describes the patients’ expectations without any intervention.
There you have it! Now you know about TITLES!!
Now you try. Here’s your title: Gum chewing aids bowel function return and analgesic requirements after bowel surgery: a randomized controlled trial by Byrne CM, Zahid A, Young JM, Solomon MJ, Young CJ in May 2018
- Variables? (this time there are 3 factors that vary–1 independent variable; & 2 dependent ones connected by “and”) Your answer is……
- Population? (who is being studied; & if you have trouble identifying variables, identify the population first; then try) Your answer is….
- Setting? (where; maybe not so clear; might have to go to abstract for this one) Your answer is….
- Design of study? (it’s right there!) Your answer…..