Health Thesis Writing Help Guide

A thesis is an argumentative paper that alleges something without initial proof. It is the goal of the thesis to provide that proof, whether through a formal research effort, comprehensive literature review or combination of the two in order to demonstrate the viability of your argument. A thesis differs from a dissertation or essay such that the essay is generally a focused paper written on a single topic that may or may not incorporate the writer's personal views. A dissertation usually reflects a significant academic undertaking that incorporates a formal research effort with little room for personal views.

Planning

When writing the thesis on a topic related to health, unless the topic is assigned by your professor, it is critical that you choose a viable topic that strikes a balance between a well-researched topic and one that is more esoteric.

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You don't want to re-invent the wheel by discussing the role of specific pain management interventions, such as pharmacological, with post-surgical patients, which is general and not argumentative. Nor do you want a narrow topic such as the role of the morphine drip on pain management with post-surgical hip replacement patients who also have diabetes, suffer from depression and have a history of alcohol abuse. This is also non-argumentative and too narrow in scope. If a topic is too narrow in scope qualified, reliable and valid research on the topic may be difficult to access. Within this subject context, an ideal topic might be: The effectiveness of anti-depressant pharmacological intervention with elderly post-hip replacement patients. This gives you a topic to that enables you to write argumentatively that allows for proof through research.

Part of the planning process incorporates writing the research proposal (See our Health Research Proposal Writing Guide). This will outline your research approach and provide an effective means of easily expanding the proposal into your full thesis.

Researching your health thesis

While there are a number of commonalities with writing a thesis on other topics, when dealing with health, careful attention must be paid to the integrity of your research. In other words, research selected must be current. Current research is generally considered to be that published within the last five years. Similarly, academic journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) or Neurology are considered more reliable and academically sound than lesser known journals or those strictly published online, such as Bob's Journal of Health. Similarly, your research approach must be appropriate (usually quantitative in the health industry) to answer the questions asked by your thesis.

Outlining

While the research proposal discussed above is a brief outline, detailed outlining is a great way to organize the details from within your thesis, provide a road-map and help build your argumentative case. For example, you might start with a general introduction on the topic, follow with a problem statement, and then build your argument with general to more focused levels of research. While you summarize your existing evidence, state what is still lacking that your thesis research project will provide. Provide your research methodology and research results if a formal study was conducted and finally summarize how your research effort effectively proved your assertion.

Writing your heath thesis

Writing the narrative of your thesis is really just a process of filling in the blanks. If you've prepared an outline; the research you've selected should provide the material you need to write the text for each of the outline points. For example, you may have a section called Statistics. Your research from the Department of Health and Human Services or World Health Organization might provide you with the statistics on how may hip replacements were performed on the elderly. For example, “According to the World Health Organization (WHO, 200X), 1 billion hip replacements were performed in 2007 on individuals aged 65 and older.” And this process can continue with the rest of the research you've gathered.

Proofreading and editing

Proofreading and editing your work are essential. It is better that you edit your work rather than make your professor think he or she is!
Proofread to make sure:

  1. You've stated and proven your argument;
  2. There are no syntax errors;
  3. Make sure your spelling and punctuation are correct;
  4. Finally, make sure all referencing and citations are documented as requested by the formatting assigned. Many are similar to each other but have subtle differences, for example APA and Harvard; others such as MLA which is becoming increasingly popular in the United States is very different from either of these.

Submitting your health thesis

For the health related thesis, we recommend letting at least 48 or 72 hours to upwards of one week pass from the time you perform your final edit before proof-reading one final time and making any changes at that time.

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