Data Collection in Medical Research

Data collection in medical research requires complex systematic information collection that applies various investigation tools (Dhammi & Haq, 2017). Commonly utilized medical and clinical research methods include questionnaire surveys and patient-reported data, tests and scales, review of ambulatory or hospital medical records, collection of biological material, and experimentation and trials (Scott et al., 2020; Dhammi & Haq, 2017). My research topic compares mortality rates related to the implementation of peritoneal dialysis and CVC/AVF. As the central issue of my research is statistical data, I plan to review hospital medical records related to the fatal outcomes of both methods. In this case, a previous study conducted by other specialists also could be helpful.

Moreover, during the collection process, I also decided to introduce a patient survey related to their wellbeing and satisfaction in using these methods. Talking about possible challenges in data collection, hospitals and medical organizations could refuse my application to access medical records due to privacy concerns. A viable option in solving this problem could be creating a contract that will cover all ethical issues and limit my rights to distribute any personal information not related to research.

From the video, I obtained knowledge about ethical principles in medical research. According to Shankar and Varadarajan (2018), medical research should correspond to ethical principles in healthcare. Additionally, Soultana (2017) claims that clinical study should be held with voluntary consent and facilitate all protection measures for participants. Ethical principles of medical research are clear to understand, as they cover all cases related to patients and their conditions.

To fully understand if research was examined according to all ethical principles, I should analyze and review all steps of my research. So, this process requires a profound understanding of medical research principles. Some difficulties are associated with data collection could be an unintentional violation of ethical rules related to non-recognition or unawareness of these principles.


Dhammi, I. K., & Haq, R. U. (2017). Ethics of medical research and publication. Indian Journal of Orthopaedics, 51(1), 1.

Shankar, P. R., & Varadarajan, S. (2018). Statistics and ethics in medical research. Journal of Research in Medical Education & Ethics, 8(1), 3-5.

Soultana, K. I. (2017). Ethics and medical research. In Strategic innovative marketing (pp. 459-463). Springer, Cham.

Scott, A. M., Kolstoe, S., Ploem, M. C., Hammatt, Z., & Glasziou, P. (2020). Exempting low-risk health and medical research from ethics reviews: Comparing Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States and the Netherlands. Health Research Policy and Systems, 18(1), 1-8.

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