Nursing Capstone: Debriefing Research Variables

Nursing Capstone: Debriefing Research Variables

Research studies contain two major types of variables, the independent and the dependent variables. The variables are used in the measurement of the outcome of the entire research. Independent variables are the facts or figures that are controlled or changed in an experiment to test the effects on the outcome. The dependent variables are those that are being measured and tested in an experiment (Creswell and David, 2017). My research on benefits of debriefing in the emergency department will be evaluated after six months using the patient satisfaction score sheet.

The first independent variable is healthcare worker debriefing. Debriefing of health workers in the emergency department will be done to ensure that they have relevant knowledge to change their service to the patients. The second variable is the time frame of six months. A period of six months will be used to achieve expected results and to cover enough sessions in the emergency department workers. The participation of healthcare workers in the debriefing process is an independent variable that will affect the response of the healthcare team. A positive or negative response is expected from the healthcare team on whether debriefing has benefits or not in the emergency department.

The dependent variables are always determined by the independent variables in a research (Creswell and David, 2017). Improved results in the patient satisfaction scores will be determined by the debriefing process. The scores are therefore expected to increase or decrease depending on the quality of debriefing done in the department. The scores are also likely to be affected by the time the debriefing is going to take place. The second variable is a response from the management and healthcare workers. The response from the two sides will be dependent on the debriefing process.


Creswell, J. W., & Creswell, J. D. (2017). Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. Sage publications.