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Primary Research

What is a primary source for nursing research?

  • A first-hand report of an original study, experiment, or event
  • Written by the person(s) who conducted the study/experiment or witnessed the event
  • Can be quantitative or qualitative in nature

When a nurse researcher interviews patients about their health behaviors, a pharmaceutical company conducts clinical trials on a new drug, or a hospital surveys its nursing staff, they are creating primary information.

An original research article should consist of the following headings: Structured abstract, introduction, methods, results, and discussion (IMRAD) and maybe Randomized Control Trial (RCT), Controlled Clinical Trial (CCT), Experiment, Survey, and Case-Control or Cohort Study.

The information used on this page is from HPU Libraries Nursing LibGuide. Used with permission.