Research and Quality Improvement Initiatives

Primary research is the systematic investigation to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge that which has been previously undiscovered. Research methods can be quantitative, qualitative, or a mixed-method approach. In the nursing discipline, most primary research requires institutional review board (IRB) approval. Secondary research may take many forms, but typically involves analysis of previously collected primary research data. Another common form of secondary research is the systematic review, which involves the gathering, reviewing, evaluating, and publishing all of the available research evidence on a given topic. IRB approval is generally not necessary for secondary research.

Click here for a list of research initiatives prior to 2019