CHRDC Capacitates Budding Researchers on Basic Research and Proposal Development


The Caraga Health Research and Development Consortium (CHRDC) successfully finished the 2021 Basic Research Methods Training cum Research Proposal Development Writeshop which ran from June 7 to July 22, 2021, via Zoom Online Conference. 

It was participated by 50 researchers from CHRDC’s member institutions namely Caraga Regional Hospital, Caraga State University, Father Saturnino Urios University, Philippine Normal University-Mindanao, Surigao del Sur State University-Main Campus, SDSSU-Bislig, SDSSU-Cagwait, SDSSU-Cantilan, and SDSSU-San Miguel. 

The training aimed to capacitate local and budding researchers on how to develop quality health research projects that will help address Caraga’s priority health issues included in the Regional Unified Health Research Agenda (RUHRA). It was divided into four (4) series with a combination of lectures, workshops, and plenary sessions.

The main resource persons were Dr. Ofelia P. Saniel, Professor Emeritus of the University of the Philippines-Manila, and Ms. Karen B. Burdeos, Faculty and Director of the Mathematical and Statistical Computing and Research Center (MSCRC) in Caraga State University. They covered the following topics:

  1. Overview of the Research Process
  2. Definition of the Problem
  3. Establishment of Theoretical and Empirical Basis of Research 
  4. Study Designs (Epidemiologic and Experimental)
  5. Sampling Design and Sample Size 
  6. Data Collection and Analysis
  7. Proposal Writing

Mr. Tarcisio B. Candog Jr., CHRDC-Research Ethics Committee (REC) Member-Secretary and Dean of Father Saturnino Urios University-Nursing Program, discussed ethics in health research and presented the evaluation tools used by the REC in reviewing the ethical aspect of health research proposals. 

Ms. Maria Belen A. Balbuena and Ms. Irish P. Guimba from DOST-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) talked about the administrative and financial aspects of a health research project. 

At the end of the training, the participants were able to produce the following capsule research proposals:

  1. “The Factors and Indicators of Patient Satisfaction in Telemedicine Services of Caraga Regional Hospital and its Sustainability under the New Normal”– Caraga Regional Hospital
  2. “Understanding Anti-Vaccination Attitudes in Mainstream Social Media” – Surigao del Sur State University-Main Campus
  3. “Jackfruit Seed Flour in Pandesal-Making: A Study of Its Nutritional Benefits, Market Viability for the Substitution of Regular Flour for Commercial Use, and the Customers’ Taste and Preference”- Surigao del Sur State University-Cagwait Campus
  4. “Synoptic Assessment on the Awareness and Practices of Rabies Prevention and Control Program in CARCANMADCARLAN Area”- Surigao del Sur State University-Cantilan Campus
  5. “Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices of Social Workers towards COVID-19 Vaccination”– Father Saturnino Urios University
  6. “The Association of Exposure to Sunlight in the Recovery of Symptomatic COVID 19 Patients in Second District of Surigao del Sur, Caraga Region”– Surigao del Sur State University-Bislig City

The participants who completed their proposals will undergo mentoring and other related capacity-building activities to further enhance their outputs before submission to the consortium for review and funding by DOST-PCHRD under its Regional Research Fund (RRF).

Written by: KKABaliña

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