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Research Methods for Clinical Therapists

Applied Project Design and Analysis

Struggling to do a project or dissertation, evaluate published research or conduct your own research? Help is at hand with this 5th edition of Research Methods for Clinical Therapists, which explains, in a clear and simple manner, how to evaluate existing research and how to conduct your own research.

Aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as the practising health care professional, the focus of the text is the design and analysis of experimental studies. These are vital to the effectiveness studies that are central to the work of the healthcare professional. Specific examples from different areas of healthcare are used to explain the core research concepts and relate them to clinical situations. Statistical theory and jargon are kept to a minimum.


Published: August 2009

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-7020-4188-4


  • SECTION 1 Basic principles of research

    1. Introduction
    2. Research design and statistics: some basic concepts
    3. Questionnaires, surveys and sampling
    4. The nature of the data
    5. Techniques of descriptive statistics
    6. Testing hypotheses
    7. Designing your study
    8. Sources of error in research
    9. Matching the research design to the statistical test
    10.Putting the theory into practice
    11.Writing up the research for publication
    12.Reading published research critically

    SECTION 2 Statistical tests

    13.Non-parametric tests for same- and matched-subject designs
    14.Parametric tests for same- and matched-subject designs
    15. Non-parametric tests for different- (unrelated-) subject designs
    16.Parametric tests for different- (unrelated-) subject designs
    17.Non-parametric and parametric tests for correlational designs

    SECTION 3 Research applications

    19.Attitude scales
    20.Repertory grid analysis
    21.Using statistics in diagnostic and screening tests: receiver operating characteristics
    22.Capturing expert opinion: the Delphi technique
    23.Capturing the user voice: Thurstone’s paired comparison technique
    24.Capturing the clinician’s view: reliability measures
    25.Undertaking systematic reviews

    Appendix 1 Basic mathematical principles
    Appendix 2 Statistical probability tables
    Appendix 3 Answers to activities
    Appendix 4 A sample critique of a published article

    References, further reading and information sources


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