Plainly put, the word research simply means searching again. In a bid to explain further, research can be defined as a systematic and organized study with the aim of generating new facts. On the other hand, the word perfect is an adjective used to point out a complete state and without flaw. With this understanding, we can therefore define ‘perfect research’ as one that achieves positive results upon conclusion leading to no further study. In this regard, I totally concur with Griffiths (1998, pg97) statement that ‘there is no hope of doing a perfect research’. This statement is correct in the context of Clinical Research (Shah, 24). Human needs keep on changing constantly with time. Therefore, this calls for the need to keep on researching to find out new ways to satisfy these needs. This means that what we already have is not enough and therefore “if perfect research(s) did really exist then there would be no need for further improvement. For example, the first computer to be invented was the developed by J.H. Muller in 1786. If at all this contented people, then there would be no need for Charles Babbage to develop a more sophisticated computer ‘the difference engine’ that could use the decimal numbers system.
This could later be developed to what we have today as the modern computer. There are two types of research namely basic and scientific research. Basic research is not directly related to a need but to assist in the development of knowledge stimulating the thinking capacity of human beings. Basic research forms the basis for scientific research (Mehra, 20). Contrary, scientific research is based on the need to find a solution to an impending problem. Either inductive or deductive, errors during research processes are inevitable, an indication that there will never be perfect research as long as human logic and thinking will continue to make these errors during experimentation processes. Furthermore, a perfect research process is based on the perfection degree of the desired results (Shah, 27). Therefore, the need for further research and development is depended on the current circumstances. Almost all of today’s researchers depend on existing researches. This means that earlier researches were not perfect hence the need to research more.
For instance, a recent report published by Saint Matthews Medical Associates, Louisville, showed that vitamin D supplements had negative effects on bone quality and strength. This report contradicted earlier results in the medical practice that reasonable supplements of Vitamin D and Calcium are effective in maintaining good bone health (Yassine, 1). The results of the study according to Yassine (2010) indicated that “excessive consumption of Vitamin D supplements D could cause toxicity, leading to hypercalcemia or hypercalciuria” (1). With time, this could lead to increased bone desorption. Physicians and researchers need to research more on the benefits of vitamin D supplements and malignancy (Yassine, 2). The public has to be made aware on the best sources of vitamin D; either from supplements or through the natural way which is food and sun. She calls out the need for further research to resolve this issue.
Also, a research conducted by the US National Institute of Health to establish whether low calorie intake could slow down the aging process also gave contradicting results. Results from this study indicated that lower calorie consumption only could lead to a reduction of insulin level by 25 percent; a true indication that lower calorie consumption could really help prevent the aging process (NIA, 97). However, there followed contradicting statements on the same with similar researches stating that for calorie limitation to produce positive results, various factors like environment, food type and types of exercises performed are the only aging influencers. In conclusion, I totally agree with Griffiths statement that there is no hope of a perfect research (1998, pg97). The hope for a perfect research does not really exist and researches are only aimed at improving what has already being done. Therefore, new researches can only be encouraged to develop new ideas by improving the existing ones as there is no perfect research yet.
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