Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences

ISBN-10: 0443074291
ISBN-13: 9780443074295
Edition: 5th 2008
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Book details

List price: $57.95
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Elsevier - Health Sciences Division
Publication date: 11/7/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.672
Language: English

Consistent with the previous versions, the fifth edition of An Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences has two overall aims. 1) To introduce the fundamental principles of research methodology and explain how these principles are applied for conducting research in the health sciences. 2) To demonstrate how evidence produced through research is applied to solving problems in everday health care. This book is written in an accessible style. It maintains the traditions of the previous editions, with examples, questions, feedback sections, and an extensive glossary. Uses simple language and demystifies the jargon Provides built-in feedback for readers to assess their own progress Gives examples relating directly to the health sciences Provides an extensive glossary for better understanding of the language of research Addresses qualitative as well as quantitative research issues Includes a chapter focussing on the use of qualitative methods in health research Includes a chapter for discussing systematic reviews and meta-analyses Contains more revision questions Increased emphasis throughout on evidence based concepts More and updated discussion of qualitative research methods New section on basic epidemiological concepts as a research approach More discussion of analysis and use of administrative and secondary data sets as research resources Complete rewrite of the chapter on causal research Stronger links between the sections on different stages of research

Preface
The Scientific Method
Methods and Health Research
Discussion, Questions and Answers
Research Planning
Research Planning
Sampling Methods and External Validity
Causal Research and Internal Validity
Discussion, Questions and Answers
Research Designs
Experimental Designs and Intervention Studies
Surveys and Quasi Experimental Designs
Single Case (n = 1) Designs
Qualitative Research
Discussion, Questions and Answers
Data Collection
Questionnaire Design
Interview Techniques and the Analysis of Interview Data
Observation
Measurement
Discussion, Questions and Answers
Descriptive Statistics
Organization and Presentation of Data
Measures of Central Tendency and Variability
Standard Scores and the Normal Curve
Correlation
Discussion, Questions and Answers
Inferential Statistics
Probability and Sampling Distributions
Hypothesis Testing
Selection and Use of Statistical Tests
The Interpretation of Research Evidence
Discussion, Questions and Answers
Dissemination and Critical Evaluation of Research
Qualitative Data Analysis
Presentation of Health Science Research
Critical Evaluation of Published Research
Synthesis of Research Evidence
Discussion, Questions and Answers
Glossary of Research Terms
References and Further Reading
Answers to Questions
Appendices
Index

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