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This report is based on a research article Evaluating a palliative care education project in nursing homes by Froggart 2000 The author of the article Katherine Froggart who is the head of MacMillan Practice Development Unit Centre for Cancer and Palliative Care Studies discusses the establishment of a 2-year palliative education pilot project in nursing homes The aim of her project was to address the palliative care needs of residents in nursing homes by providing education courses for all levels of nursing home staff Which would provide evidence to guide future work in this area of care Froggart 2000 explains in conducting her research two methods were applied these were qualitative and quantitative approaches To collect data for the project two methods were also applied these were in the form of case studies and surveys Overall fifty-four nursing homes participated in the project In conducting case studies four of the homes were selected and staff interviews took place Interviews were recorded and the researcher undertook a three- week period of participant observation where the researcher worked as a care worker at the homes Surveys in the form of questionnaires of both participating and non-participating homes were also used to collect information Froggart 2000 also discusses the impact of the project with participating staff members residents and their relatives as well as discussed organizational changes Therefore the aim of this report will be to consider ethical issues surrounding research and will discuss this studies strengths and weaknesses in addressing these An evaluative research study is carried out when a researcher desires to know how objectives of particular activities or practices are being met Parahoo 1997 However when this involves a study discussing sensitive subjects such as palliative care and involving human subjects in the study such as those in this research article ethical dilemmas may arise and need to be addressed Dunn 1995 Ethics is defined as a system of moral
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