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First person to respond to (Stacy)
Every research study done collects demographic data and publishes it with the study. The purpose behind this is so the reader of the study will understand the population used in the study. Ideally, in every research study, a random sample that is representative of society as a whole would be used. This practice is not usually possible or practical to attempt in a research study. Instead, most studies used a different sampling method based on what is available and applicable to their research (Connelly, 2013). Instead of trying to represent society as a whole, researchers will attempt to represent the population that they are studying. To efficiently do that they must provide the demographic data to the reader to help give the research results validity. In a study regarding the quality of life of cancer survivors and their pain level, it is logical that the demographics include all cancer patients. To further give validity to the representativeness of their sample the researcher would attempt to have the demographics represent all cancer survivors (Bareh & D’silva, 2017). It is always going to be essential to publish the demographics with every research study. The reader of the study would not be able to assess the validity or applicability of the study without this information.
Second person to respond to (Denitra)
Demographics describe the population of a research study such as age, sex, socio-economical level, education levels, employment, or disabilities (Connelly, 2013). This information helps the reader understand the population under study and why certain results may reflect populations differently. Researchers aim to have their studies reflect the general views of the entire population, but only a small sample is studied. Often the researcher will need to locate a small or uncommon population to study and compare them to the general population. Obtaining demographic data and comparing the results is necessary to portray study results. Demographic data is self-reported by the research participant. To understand the population being studied it is imperative demographic information is available, so disparities can be identified, and improvements be made (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2018). If a certain population is identified as being underserved consistently, measures can be put into place to improve the quality of life or conditions for that certain population.