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Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences

This popular textbook provides a concise, but comprehensive, overview of health research as an integrated, problem-solving process. It bridges the gap between health research methods and evidence-based clinical practice, making it an essential tool for students embarking on research. Practitioners also benefit from guidance on interpreting the ever-expanding published research in clinical and scientific journals, to ensure their practice is up to date and evidence-based and to help patients understand information obtained online.

Audience

Undergraduate students in a wide range of Health Professions areas, such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, biomedical scientists.

Postgrad students doing  Masters or PhD.

 

Paperback, 256 Pages

Published: September 2013

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-7020-4194-5

Contents

  • Polgar & Thomas: Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences 6E

     

     

    Section 1: The scientific method.

    1 - Methods and health research


    Section 2: Research planning.

    2 - Research planning.

    3 - Sampling methods and external validity.

    Section 3: Research designs.

    4 - Experimental designs and intervention studies.

    5 - Surveys and quasi-experimental designs.

    6 - Single case (n=1) designs.

    7- Qualitative research. Discussion, questions and answers.

    Section 4: Data collection.

    8 - Questionnaire design.

    9 - Interview techniques and the analysis of interview data.

    10 - Observation.

    11 - Measurement. Discussion, questions and answers.

    Section 5: Descriptive statistics.

    12 - Organisation and presentation of data.

    13 - Measures of central tendency and variability.

    14 - Standard scores and normal curve.

    15 - Correlation. Discussion, questions and answers.

    Section 6: Inferential statistics.

    16 - Probability and sampling distributions.

    17 - Selection and use of statistical tests.

    18 - The interpretation of research evidence. Discussion, questions and answers.

    Section 7: Dissemination and critical evaluation of research.

    19 - Qualitative data analysis.

    20 - Presentation of health science research.

    21 - Critical evaluation of published research.

    22 - Syntheses of research evidence.

    23 - Transitional research

    24 - Safe and effective intervention criteria


    Glossary.

    References and further reading.

    Answers to questions.

    Appendices

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