Action research improves outcomes and helps guide more effective processes. Sagor (2000) posits that this approach is a disciplined engagement of action used to refine or improve constructs. Therefore, performance and methodology benefit and results in what is best for the study and the researcher. Mills (2014) connotes that this applied research may not have a theoretical base, but can be facilitated towards a usefulness in society at large. The definition of action research specifically relates to this learner’s research proposal because my research focuses on inquiry that may improve individual and organizational knowledge on the implications of high blood pressure and exercise. As such, both the individual and organizational group can be informed on the above correlations.
The intervention selected by this learner involves increasing aerobic activity to at least 30 minutes, three days during a 7 day period. It is my hypothesis that this increase in activity will reduce blood pressure and promote longevity. This learner’s research on high blood pressure and exercise can be used as an instructional tool, as a collaborative research tool that informs additional study, and as a guide on how to successfully implement action research processes in health care. The Veteran’s Affairs Healthcare system is constantly undergoing changes that may benefit both employees and patients. This study will add to current department goals and objectives; which may be added to strategies and protocols. Further, because of the pervasive problems that high blood pressure causes throughout society, this research will definitively be advantageous on a professional, organizational, and personal level.
Mills, G.E. (2014). Action research: A guide for the teacher (5th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc.
Sagor, R. (2000). Guiding school improvement with action research. Alexandria, VA.: ASCD.