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Choosing the appropriate population is important when starting your research.

Populations have many different components.  Below are some factors that can help you define your population.  

 

Census Categories
Examples
Age Adults, Teens, Infants, Children, Seniors, etc.
Race/Ethnicity African American, Hispanic, Caucasian, etc.
Nationality Salvadorean, Chinese, Filipino, Egyptian, etc.
Language English, Spanish, Chinese, HIndi. etc.
Religion Catholic, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, etc.

 

Care Circumstances
Examples
Diagnosis Fever, breast cancer, laryngitis, hip fractures, etc.
Insurance categories Medicare, Medicaid, etc.
Care location Hospital, in-home care, hospice, etc.