Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences

Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences

7th Edition - August 31, 2019

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  • Authors: Stephen Polgar, Shane Thomas
  • eBook ISBN: 9780702074929
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780702074936

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Now in its 7th edition this textbook is a must have for any health professional student. It provides a comprehensive overview of health research, in a concise and easy to read format using examples directly related to the health sciences. It helps students understand health research models, and how research goes on to inform and improve evidence-based clinical practice. For practitioners it provides guidance on published research in journals, providing an essential tool to keep their practice evidence based.

Table of Contents

  • Section 1 Methodological foundations of health research

    1 Foundations of health research

    2 Quantitative and qualitative methods

    3 The research process

    Section 2 Research planning

    4 The formulation of research questions

    5 Sampling methods and external validity

    6 Ethics

    Section 3 Research designs

    7 Experimental designs and randomized controlled trials

    8 Surveys and quasi-experimental designs

    9 Qualitative research

    Section 4 Data collection

    10 Questionnaires and survey design

    11 Mixed methods

    12 Interviewing techniques

    13 Measurement and observation

    Section 5 Descriptive statistics

    14 Organization and presentation of data

    15 Measures of central tendency and variability

    16 Standard scores and normal distributions

    17 Correlation

    Section 6 Data analysis and inference

    18 Probability and confidence intervals

    19 Hypothesis testing: selection and use of statistical tests

    20 Effect size and the interpretation of evidence

    21 Qualitative data analysis

    22 Critical evaluation of published research

    Section 7 Evaluation and dissemination of research results

    23 Synthesis of research evidence: systematic reviews and meta-analyses

    24 Translational research

     

Product details

  • No. of pages: 224
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2019
  • Published: August 31, 2019
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780702074929
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780702074936

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 Honorary Professor Research School in Population Health, Australian National University Professor and Director, International Institute for Primary Health Care Research, Health and Family Planning Capacity Building and Continuing Education Center of Shenzhen, China

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