Key Features

    • Uses simple language and demystifies research jargon
    • Covers both quantitative and qualitative research methodology, taking a very practical approach
    • Gives examples directly related to the health sciences
    • Each chapter contains a self-assessment test so that the reader can be sure they know all the important points
    • Provides an extensive glossary for better understanding of the language of research

    Table of 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

    Details

    No. of pages:
    256
    Language:
    English
    Copyright:
    © 2014
    Published:
    Imprint:
    Churchill Livingstone
    eBook ISBN:
    9780702058677
    eBook ISBN:
    9780702046698
    Print ISBN:
    9780702041945

    About the authors

    Stephen Polgar

    Affiliations and Expertise

    School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia

    Shane Thomas

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Professor and Director of Primary Care Research, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Monash University, Melbourne, Australia