Allied Health Undergraduate Research of De La Salle Health Sciences Institute: A Content Analysis


Educational institutions actively contribute to the research base of a profession through the scholarly outputs produced by their graduates. The content of these outputs reflects the research thrust of the institution and the quality of the researches written. This study analyzed the content of theses submitted to Nursing, Physical Therapy, and Medical Radiation Technology undergraduate programs offered by De La Salle Health Sciences Institute in terms of topics researched, research methods employed, and statistical analysis techniques utilized. It compared how the allied health undergraduate theses aligned with the Philippine National Unified Research Agenda (NUHRA) 2011-2016. Content analysis was used to analyze the undergraduate theses. Research topics were coded using Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). The research method and the statistical analysis techniques used were recorded. Findings of the study revealed that Physical Therapy theses tend to concentrate on topics related to the practice of the profession, including clients or patients while Nursing and Medical Radiation Technology theses tend to contribute to micro-level issues of students as well psychological issues of population groups. Most undergraduate theses preferred to use survey and correlation to describe and infer relationships and utilize descriptive statistics such as frequency distribution and mean, relative to the use of survey as the method of research. Most of the Physical Therapy theses were observed to align their research topics with NUHRA 2011-2016. While some of the Nursing and Medical Radiation Technology theses were observed to be aligned with national health research agenda, most of the researches dealt with coping strategies and student experiences.

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Zipporah M. Dery, De La Salle Health Sciences Institute, Philippines
Jennifer O. Montehermoso, De La Salle Health Sciences Institute, Philippines

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Conference: LibrAsia2016
Stream: Librarianship - Publishing, electronic publishing and bibliometrics

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