Research Techniques for the Health Sciences

ISBN-10: 0321596412
ISBN-13: 9780321596413
Edition: 4th 2010
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List price: $158.13
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Benjamin-Cummings Publishing Company
Publication date: 3/2/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

Key Message: Research Techniques for the Health Sciences focuses on pragmatic aspects of health science research. Underlying concepts and theory are explained and illustrated through a common-sense approach utilizing case studies. All of the book's case studies are health-oriented in school, community, and hospital settings involving students, teachers, physicians, nurses, and health science researchers. This edition features an emphasis on the new role of technology in the research methods processes, and includes new Lecture Outlines in PowerPoint reg; slides. Key Topics:What is Research?, Developing the Research Proposal, Critical Review of the Literature and Information Resources, Research in an Ethical Context, Conducting Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Research, Data Collection through Surveys and Self-Reports, Sampling Designs and Techniques, Qualitative Research, Evaluation Research, Analytic Epidemiologic Studies, Analyzing and Interpreting Data: Descriptive Analysis, Analyzing and Interpreting Data: Inferential Analysis, Techniques for Data Presentation, Writing a Research Report Market:Intended for those interested in learning the basics of research methods for health.

James J. Neutens, PhD, FASHAis the Dean of the College of Medicine-Knoxville at the University of Tennessee. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Laurna Rubinson, a native New Yorker, received her B.S. from Long Island University.nbsp; She taught in the Connecticut public schools while attending Southern Connecticut State University to earn her M.S.nbsp; Her Ph.D. was earned at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she continued on as a faculty member.nbsp; During her career at Illinois, she was the Director of Graduate Studies and taught courses in health behavior, research methods, and community health organization.nbsp; Her research interests focused on the health behavior of college students and young adults.nbsp; She has written books entitled: Contemporary Human Sexuality and Foundations for Health Education, in addition to Research Techniques for the Health Sciences.nbsp; She was the recipient of grants from both the Federal government and private agencies, and received awards from professional organizations.nbsp; She retired as an Associate Professor in 2000 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign after 27 years in the Community Health department. Her most rewarding professional experiences have been working with outstanding students in their efforts to complete their theses and dissertations.

Preface
What Is Research?
Health Science Research
Using Science in the Quest for Knowledge
Summary
Critical Thinking Questions
Suggested Activities
References
Developing the Research Proposal
Selection of the Problem
Sources of Problems
Statement of the Problem and Research Questions
Subproblems
Components Comprising the Setting of the Problem
Formulation of Hypotheses
Significance and Justification of the Problem
R�sum� of Related Literature
Proposed Research Procedures
Budget Considerations
Time Schedule
Research Proposal Checklist
Summary
Critical Thinking Questions
Suggested Activities
References
Critical Review of the Literature and Information Sources
Purposes of the Review
Steps in the Review Process
Conducting a Computer Search: Finding the Evidence
Determining the Level of Evidence
Finding Shortcuts to Determining the Level of Evidence
Writing the Section on Related Literature
Summary
Critical Thinking Questions
Suggested Activities
References
Considering Ethics in Research
Case Study
General Ethical Dilemmas in Human Research
Justification to Experiment on Humans
Vulnerable Target Groups: Children
Vulnerable Target Groups: Elderly
Informed Consent: Truthtelling and Deception
Right to Privacy and Confidentiality
Responsibility for Harmful Consequences
The Duty to Continue a Successful Research Effort
Therapeutic and Nontherapeutic Research
Sponsored Research
Publication of Unethical Research
Research or Just a Look-See?
Role of the Institutional Review Board
Case Discussion
Summary
Critical Thinking Questions
Suggested Activities
References
Conducting Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Research
Case Study A
Case Study B
Characteristics of Experimentation
Control in Experiments
The Hawthorne Effect in Controlling Situations
Advantages and Disadvantages of the Experimental Method
Internal and External Validity
Constructing Experimental Designs to Control Variables
The Randomized Controlled Trial: Clinical Trials
Case Discussion for Case Study A
Case Discussion for Case Study B
Summary
Critical Thinking Questions
Suggested Activities
References
Data Collection Through Surveys and Self-Reports
Case Study
Characteristics of Survey Research
Survey Flow Plan
Survey Design
Data Collection Methods
Survey Sampling
Questionnaire Design and Construction
Attitude Scale Construction
Cover Letter
Pretesting and Questionnaire Revision
Focus Groups
The Delphi Technique
Case Discussion
Summary
Critical Thinking Questions
Suggested Activities
References
Sampling Designs and Techniques
Case Study
The Purpose of Sampling
The Sampling Frame
Sampling Techniques
Sample Size
Sample Size for Studies with Hypothesis: Analytical Studies
Sample Size for Studies Without Hypotheses: Surveys and Descriptive Studies
Case Discussion
Summary
Critical Thinking Questions
Suggested Activities
References
Qualitative Research
Case Study
Characteristics of Qualitative Research
Theoretical Foundations
Methods of Qualitative Research
Techniques of Collecting Qualitative Data
Analyzing Qualitative Data
Using Computers in Data Analysis
Case Discussion
Summary
Critical Thinking Questions
Suggested Activities
References
Evaluation Research
Case Study
Introduction
Purposes of Evaluation Research
What Can Be Evaluated?
Steps in Conducting Evaluation
Evaluation Models
Types of Evaluation Research
Methodological Approaches in Evaluation Research
Case Discussion
Summary
Critical Thinking Questions
Suggested Activities
References
Analytical Epidemiologic Studies
Case Study A
Case Study B
The Nature of Epidemiology
Analytical Methodologies in Epidemiology
Cohort Investigations
Case-Control Studies
Establishing Causation
Problems of Error
Control in Epidemiological Research
Analysis of Results in Analytic Epidemiology
Case Discussion of Case Study A
Case Discussion of Case Study B
Summary
Critical Thinking Questions
Suggested Activities
References
Analyzing and Interpreting Data: Descriptive Analysis
Case Study
The Meaning of Statistics
Statistical Analysis and Data
Descriptive Data Analysis Techniques
Personal Computers and Information Delivery Systems
Case Discussion
Summary
Critical Thinking Questions
Suggested Activities
References
Analyzing and Interpreting Data: Inferential Analysis
Case Study A
Case Study B
Inferential Analysis
Estimation of Parameters
Hypotheses Testing
Inferential Data Analysis Techniques for Comparing Mean Scores
Measures of Relationship and Predictions
Nonparametric Tests of Significance
Meta-Analysis
Case Discussion of Case Study A
Case Discussion of Case Study B
Summary
Critical Thinking Questions
Suggested Activities
References
Techniques for Data Presentation
Case Study
Table Presentations
Table Format
Figure Presentations
Graphics and the Computer
Case Discussion
Summary
Critical Thinking Questions
Suggested Activities
References
Writing a Research Report
The Report as a Communication Document
Preliminaries
Text or Main Body of the Report
References
Appendixes
Writing Style
Summary
Critical Thinking Questions
Suggested Activities
References
Common Statistical Procedures
World Wide Web Research
Name Index
Subject Index

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