Data collection is a critical component of any research initiative. The clinical practice of orthotics and prosthetics has the potential for many research endeavors requiring the aggregation or acquisition of information. Observation, record keeping, interviews, questionnaires, and prospective and retrospective reviews all exemplify methods of collecting data. It is crucial that this information is systematically coded and recorded for future reference if sound research is to be undertaken.
CAROLINE C. NIELSEN, PhD, is associate professor and director of research and graduate studies at the School of Allied Health Professions at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. CT 06269-2101.
ROBERT S. LIN, CPO, is director of pediatric clinical services and academic programs at the Newington Children's Hospital in Newington, CT 06111.
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