9781405183376

Developing a Healthcare Research Proposal An Interactive Student Guide

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    9781405183376

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    1405183373

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-05-17
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Summary

Are you new to research and daunted by the idea of constructing your own research proposal? Then this is the book you need! This book and accompanying web resource will answer all your questions about healthcare research by introducing you to the concepts, theories and practicalities surrounding it. The aim of both the book and the web resource is to help you to write a good healthcare research proposal - which is the starting point for any would-be student researcher. The book takes a look at the theory of research, the core of the topic, but also provides practical help and advice along the way. It takes the reader through the stages of the research process from developing the question to communicating the findings, demystifying the process on the way. The web resource works alongside the book, supplementing and expanding on the chapters, giving you the ability to prepare your very own research proposal. Explains key concepts in a clear, easy to understand way Includes activities and scenarios for you to work through which will also increase your understanding of research and research proposals Easily navigable web resource ( www.researchproposalsforhealthprofessionals.com) Both book and website are arranged in the same order in which you would develop and write a research proposal Website includes downloadable research proposal template to complete step-by-step as you work through the book and web resource

Author Biography

Maxine Offredy Reader in Primary Health Care, Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Peter Vickers Visiting Research and Teaching Fellow, Faculty of Health and Human Science, University of Hertfordshire, UK

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. xi
What is research?p. xii
Being a researcherp. xiii
Who's who in the world of healthcare research?p. xvi
The importance of research to healthcarep. xxi
How to use this book and the accompanying web programp. xxiii
The web programp. xxvi
Summaryp. xxx
Research and Allied Conceptsp. 1
Introductionp. 1
What is research?p. 2
What is clinical audit?p. 6
Service evaluationp. 10
Issues to consider when undertaking research, audit and service evaluationp. 13
Evidence-based practicep. 13
Clinical effectivenessp. 14
Summaryp. 18
Philosophical Assumptionsp. 21
Introductionp. 21
Philosophical assumptions of qualitative researchp. 22
Some major characteristics of qualitative researchp. 24
Philosophical assumptions of quantitative researchp. 27
Some major characteristics of quantitative researchp. 29
Using mixed methods in researchp. 31
Summaryp. 33
The Research Proposal: Developing the Research Questionp. 37
Introductionp. 37
Developing the research questionp. 37
Questions arising from the patient's conditionp. 38
Finding the answers to your questionsp. 42
Types of research questionsp. 47
Clarification of the research questionp. 49
Summaryp. 52
The Research Proposal: Searching and Reviewing the Literaturep. 54
Introductionp. 54
Steps in searching the literaturep. 55
How to undertake a literature searchp. 56
Hierarchy of evidencep. 58
Reviewing the literaturep. 61
Scenariop. 69
Summaryp. 72
The Research Proposal: Research Designp. 74
Introductionp. 74
The focus of a research studyp. 75
Research paradigmsp. 79
Samplesp. 80
Quantitative researchp. 80
Qualitative researchp. 86
Summaryp. 105
The Research Proposal: Ethics in Researchp. 108
Introductionp. 108
Introduction to ethicsp. 108
Research governancep. 127
Summaryp. 128
The Research Proposal: Selecting Participantsp. 131
Introductionp. 131
What is a sample?p. 131
Why use a sample?p. 132
Probability and non-probabilityp. 133
Types of probability samplep. 135
Types of non-probability samplep. 137
The size of samplesp. 140
Eligibility criteriap. 147
Summaryp. 148
The Research Proposal: Collecting Datap. 152
Introductionp. 152
Collecting datap. 153
Quantitative research - data collectionp. 154
Qualitative research - data collectionp. 163
Summaryp. 175
The Research Proposal: Analysing Datap. 178
Introductionp. 178
Quantitative data analysisp. 179
Data analysisp. 189
Statistical testsp. 191
Qualitative data analysisp. 197
Summaryp. 208
The Research Proposal: Communicating Research Findingsp. 211
Introductionp. 211
Writing a research reportp. 212
Writing for publicationp. 216
Issues associated with healthcare professionals and publicationp. 222
Presenting at conferencesp. 224
Summaryp. 233
The Research Proposal: Current Research Issues in Healthcarep. 235
Introductionp. 235
Ethicsp. 237
Funding issuesp. 244
Vested interests regarding the process and the reporting of researchp. 246
The politicisation of researchp. 247
The implementation of research findingsp. 247
Problem-solvingp. 250
Summaryp. 252
Indexp. 255
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