Sample Essay Paper on Patient Opinion Mining to Analyze Drugs Satisfaction Using Supervised Learning

Applied Research and Response Posts

Part I: Applied Research

An applied research article entails an examination of a given phenomenon with the objective of making an improvement in a certain field. Gopalakrishnan & Ramaswamy (2017) conducted one such a study through which their objective was to determine the level of drug satisfaction among patients. The authors aimed at using neural network based approaches for conducting social media opinion mining within the healthcare sector. This was done through an opinion mining exercise during which the results obtained from patients were compared to the results of a neural network based opinion mining process. The applied research method used differs from conventional research in several ways (Hurt & McLaughlin, 2012). For instance, applied research yields robust results while scientific research helps in establishing relationships (Robson & McCartan, 2016). Moreover, applied research is conducted as a basis for action such as in the case of the opinion mining research, while scientific research is aimed at developing generalizable theories.

The differences between applied research and traditional research contribute to its preference for action based studies. In the study by Gopalakrishnan & Ramaswamy (2017), applied research performs effectively in terms of the result applications. The authors’ results showed that the neural network based methods for opinion mining performed better than the opinion mining using statistical based approaches. The authors concluded that their results could be used as a strategy for the classification of performance in healthcare settings. In the medical domain, patients would be required to give their opinions about their experiences with drugs. When users express their opinions directly, they can have the opportunity for their opinions to be incorporated in the decision making process. The authors recommended that more work should be done to improve the information collection process. The objective would be to identify the implicit patient opinions and implement them in drug administration.


Gopalakrishnan, V. & Ramaswamy, C. (2017). Patient opinion mining to analyze drugs satisfaction using supervised learning. Journal of Applied Research and Technology, 15(4), 311- 319. Retrieved from

Hurt, R.L. & McLaughlin, E.J. (2012). An applied introduction to qualitative research methods in academic advising. NACADA Journal: 2012, 32(1), 63-71. Retrieved from

Robson, C. & McCartan, K. (2016). Real world research, 4th Edition. John Wiley & Sons.

Part II: Response Posts

Response 1: Sarah Morrow

Sarah’s post discusses about an article that uses Dialectical Behavioral therapy (DBT) as an effective approach for veterans’ administration (VA). Throughout the post, Sarah describes why she feels the article is an applied paper and what problem the paper attempts to solve. I agree with Sarah’s distinction between applied research and traditional research through the assertion that applied research focuses on obtaining practical solutions to in-vivo problems in real life. One aspect I really loved about the post is that she identifies the limitations of the article under review and also mentions how providers can enhance the practice of DBT. The recommendation that providers should be given time for accepting client calls is another aspect that makes the post unique. I also think Sarah should have mentioned other details such as the specific method used in the study to help the reader develop that surety that the article is an applied research paper.

Response Post 2: Rebecca Simmerman

Rebecca Simmerman’s post on applied research is detailed and quite informative. The post is different from most of the others because she describes the relevance of applied research to her profession rather than just mentioning the differences between traditional and applied research as most other posts do. It is also more detailed in the description of differences and of the approaches used in the study. The article describes how a crisis intervention team (CIT) can be used to enhance campus safety by reducing arrests, disciplinary action and to foster effective resource use. I found every point made by Rebecca really helpful in understanding applied research.