Research Study Proposal Target population is a critical element in any research study or proposal. Health care for the Homeless is key to the rapidly increasing problem that has plagued this country for decades. The inability of health care agencies to effectively reach and treat this population due to inaccessibility and sporadic visits by the individuals themselves has created a wide array of health problems resulting in complications to continuity of care and treatment plans as well as exacerbating any current medical conditions this particular population may have. This paper will discuss how the target population will be selected, sample size, data collection methods as well as the rationale for the identified target population. This paper will also cover the method used for …show more content…
Identification of the greatest of unmet needs within any specific community, county or state should be the basis when determining a target population as this helps to reduce redundant efforts that are already in place. Community needs assessments are an excellent resource and many times the work has already been completed by another party with results readily available as “by law, local health departments are required to conduct a community health assessment every four years. This assessment may include information about county demographic, socioeconomic, educational, and environmental factors that affect health” (nciom.org, pg. 17). Additional health data and vital statistics may also be available by county through local state offices.