Introduction and the research question

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Identify and describe the characteristics of a good research question
  • Explain three key ingredients for developing a research question
  • Name and briefly describe the FINER criteria
  • Describe several sources from which good research questions arise
  • Draft a one-sentence research question and 1/2 page describing the significance of your research question.

Written by:

Vanessa Jacoby

Biography :

Vanessa Jacoby is associate professor at the School of Medicine, UCSF.


Accreditor credit Accreditation statement
BMJ Learning 1 credit, 1:00 hour BMJ Learning has assigned one hour of credit to this module
BMJ and UCSF 4 credits, 4:00 hours The BMJ and UCSF have assigned 4 hours of credit to this module.

Release date

02 Feb 2016

Last updated

02 Feb 2016