Health Research Glossary

Advocacy – Sharing your story, thoughts, and opinions to support a cause that promotes a change 

Analyze – To organize and understand the detailed information, sometimes called data  

Analysis – What we get from analyzing information 

Accommodations A change in the environment that makes it easier for yourself or others to participate  

Barriers – Things that make it harder to do something 

Carbohydrates – An important part of a balanced diet in bread, fruits, and vegetables

Consumer – A person who uses something for personal use  

Critical Thinking – Taking time to reflect on or think about something you read or hear  

Curriculum – A program, course, or workshop that teaches us about a specific topic  

Data – Facts or information collected for research analysis  

Disability Awareness – Knowing about and teaching others about what it is like to have a disability  

Empower – To give someone new knowledge or skills so that they can do something new that they couldn’t do before  

Findings/Results The outcome of the research process or the information you find out after doing research 

Health – Your physical, mental, and social well-being

Hydration – The process of drinking enough water 

Inclusion All people being able to participate in all different kinds of activities they choose 

Incentives Rewards or money that someone gets after doing an activity that helps motivate them (example: money, gift cards, etc.) 

Participant – A person who takes part in an activity

Perspectives – A person’s unique opinion or what and how they think about an issue  

Policy – Rules or guidelines that governments and organizations follow   

Population – A group of people with something in common  

Process – A series of actions to achieve a goal  

Protein – An important part of a balanced diet in meats, beans, and nuts  

References – Giving another person credit when you use their ideas, especially in a research paper  

Research – The process of asking questions to better understand what we are interested in learning about   

Researcher – A person who does scientific research  

Research Team - A group of individuals who work together to answer a specific research question

Results/Findings – The outcome of the research process or the information you find out after doing research 

Survey – A series of questions asked to better understand a group of people or a specific question  

Voluntary – Doing an activity because you want to, not because you have to  

Well-being – A state of beinphysically, mentally, and socially healthy