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Creating a Descriptive Research Study Project “Barriers to Accepting Health Information Technologies”
Introduction: With the rapid transformation of the U.S. healthcare industry, today’s HIM professionals and health care managers require advanced level skill sets and training that includes the basic ability to conduct healthcare research and analysis of raw data for making informed decisions. In this course you would develop a research project on “Barriers to Accepting Health Information Technologies”.
This is a three-step project; Steps One and Two have Parts A and B:
Step One: Part A – Identifying Variables
  Step One: Part B – Formulate Hypothesis
  Step Two: Part A -Creating a Cover Letter
  Step Two: Part B – Survey Design
 Step Three:  Human Research Project & Human Protection Form
Step One:
Deliverables:  Submit one MS Word document by the end Week Three no later than Sunday, by 11:59 PM EST. Your submission must include an APA-formatted cover sheet.
Step One – Part A: Identifying the Variables
An independent variable is the one that can be intentionally changed to observe its effect on the dependent variable. An example of an independent variable may be age (effect of age on person’s weight) or a drug (levels of insulin on a person’s blood sugar).
 A dependent variable is believed to change based on the change in independent variable. For example, weight might be a dependent variable that changes with person’s age or various levels of insulin may affect a person’s blood sugar levels.
For this assignment, use the “Barriers to Accepting Health Information Technologies” research title to identify independent and dependent variables that would be investigated in the research survey that you will create.  You should select one independent variable and one dependent variable. Consider what types of relationships may occur between these variables. You will later create survey questions to investigate these relationships.
Note that for this assignment, you should select one variable that represents a “barrier” and one variable that represents “accepting health information technology.”
Step One – Part B: Formulate The Hypothesis
Hypothesis is something, an opinion or prediction,  that can either be supported or refuted through a scientific inquiry. For example, the age has significant effect on a person’s weight or has no effect; increasing the insulin levels decreases the blood sugar or has no effect.
After you have selected a research problem or topic and  have identified independent and dependent variables, and have considered relationship between these variables, you will make a statement of what you predict that relationship will be.
 For example, based on the literature, I believe that weight increases with age. Now I can convert this statement into a hypothesis. The null hypothesis, denoted H0, is what a researcher would actually test. A null hypothesis is always going to support a status quo or indicate that there is no difference or no relationship which means the age is not related to age; the alternative hypothesis denoted as H1 is the age is significantly related to age either positively or negatively.
 Here are some generalized ways of presenting your null (H0) and alternative (H1) hypotheses. If you are comparing categorical data,
H0: Variable A is independent of Variable B
H1: Variable A is dependent of variable  B
 If you are testing against a set value,
H0: = value
H1: ≠ value (or) H1: > value (or) H1: < value
If you are testing whether there is a relationship between two variables,
 Null (H0):  There is no statistically significant relationship between variable A and variable B.
Alternative (H1):  There is a statistically significant relationship between variable A and variable B.
For this assignment, use your predicted relationship between the independent and dependent variables that you identified in step one to create a null and alternative hypothesis.
 
Step Two: Designing a Research Survey & Soliciting Participants-
o    Part A. Creating a Cover Letter
?    Create a one (1) single page cover letter that discusses the following:
?    An overview of the topic/study [Hint Hint “Refer to the assigned topic “Barriers to Accepting Health Information Technologies”] ?    State the purpose/need of the study
?    State the variables of the study [originally created in step one] ?    State the hypothesis [originally created in step two] ?    State your sample size and explain the reasoning behind the selected size
?    Discuss the expected benefits of the study
?    Discuss how you plan to pilot test the survey before soliciting participants
?    Include an official statement requesting participation in the study
?    Identify and explain any associated risk(s) by participating in the study. In addition, discuss your plan(s)/measure(s) to ensure the confidentiality, privacy and security of the collected data gathered from completed surveys
?    State a specific deadline to complete the survey, shall not exceed sixty (60) days [state in the format of Month, Date & Year] ?    Share your data retention schedule and the process of discarding the collected data [provide specifics on how the data will be discarded and the time frame of completion] ?    Closing Remarks (along with your contact information) [Include the name and contact number of the designed person of contact, any
 Part B. Survey Design
  Having identified the variables and hypothesis in the previous steps, design a five (5) question survey as it relates to the assigned research topic “Barriers to Accepting Health Information Technologies”. The survey must consist of a mix of opened-ended and closed-ended questions. Be sure to include the answer choices as well for each question. 
Step Three
Using the provided UMUC, Human Research Project Notification Form, complete numbered items 1-5 only on the provided form, by providing pertinent information in regards to your Descriptive Research Study on the assigned topic “Barriers to Accepting Health Information Technology”. Human Research Project Notification & Human Subjects Protection Form is an alternative to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) Application for the purpose of this assignment. A final draft of the project containing steps 1-3 that include the Human Research Project Notification & Human Subjects Protection Form 

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