Research is the planned process in which information or resources are collected. Research can be seen as an investigation into a study regarding materials and sources in order to gain knowledge and facts. Many organisations have research as an essential tool, though it is exceptional in the health and social care industry and can take days, months and even years to develop some research. The aim is to identify in depth information and find out the information which is already known to people, through research people can have a better understanding of what service users needs and find ways of improving the service and care towards them. Data can be collected for research which must always be up to date and evaluated or checked frequently, this can help by making comparisons to other pieces of information which has been found.
There are many different functions of research which include developing new ideas; Research can be used to develop ideas which have already been produced but still need work to be done, research can assist and guide professionals or people to create groundbreaking ideas. By developing new ideas resources and equipment which we already have is able to greatly improve and will have the potential to save lives for example, healthcare professionals have the ability to improve medicine which could cure different illness or disease which can save the lives of many.