Research questions and research objectives

  • Ee Ming Khoo


Primary care research is best done in primary care settings. Its aim is to improve the quality of primary care and provide better care for the patients. The scope of research ranges from basic research to develop research methods in the discipline, clinical research to inform clinical practice, health services research to improve health service delivery, health systems research to improve health systems and policies, and educational research to improve education for primary care clinicians. (copied from article)


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KhooE. M. (2012). Research questions and research objectives. Malaysian Family Physician, 13(3), 2. Retrieved from
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