Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences

ISBN-10: 0702041947
ISBN-13: 9780702041945
Edition: 6th 2013
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Book details

Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
Publication date: 9/17/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

The advancement of knowledge and practice in health care depends on the education of individuals who are competent in undertaking health research and evaluations. Research is fundamental to the health sciences. Technological advances and an increasing demand to evaluate the cost-effectiveness and quality of health services have ensured that research is a high priority for the health care industry. Consistent with the previous versions, the sixth edition of Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences has two overall aims: to introduce the fundamental principles of research methodology and explain how these principles are applied for conducting research in the health sciences and 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.Covers both quantitative and qualitative research methodology taking a very down-to-earth, straightforward approach. Each chapter has an online self-assessment test to that readers can be sure they know all the important points. Gives examples directly related to the health sciences. Provides an extensive glossary for better understanding of the language of research.Supported by new interactive online version: Multiple-choice questions - with answers Self-assessment exercises - with answers.

Preface
Methodological foundations of health research
Foundations of health research
Quantitative and qualitative methods
The research process
Research planning
The formulation of research questions
Sampling methods and external validity
Ethics
Research designs
Experimental designs and randomized controlled trials
Surveys and quasi-experimental designs
Single case (n = 1) designs
Qualitative research
Data collection
Questionnaires
Interviewing techniques
Observation
Measurement
Descriptive statistics
Organization and presentation of data
Measures of central tendency and variability
Standard scores and normal distributions
Correlation
Data analysis and inference
Probability and confidence intervals
Hypothesis testing: selection and use of statistical tests
Effect size and the interpretation of evidence
Qualitative data analysis
Evaluation and dissemination of research results
Critical evaluation of published research
Synthesis: systematic reviews and meta-analyses
Glossary of research terms
References and further reading
z scores and associated areas between z and mean and beyond
t distribution
Chi-square (�<sup>2</sup>)
Index

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