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Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences



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Like 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

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
The Scientific Method
Methods and Health Researchp. 3
Discussion, Questions and Answersp. 15
Research Planning
Research Planningp. 21
Sampling Methods and External Validityp. 31
Causal Research and Internal Validityp. 43
Discussion, Questions and Answersp. 49
Research Designs
Experimental Designs and Intervention Studiesp. 55
Surveys and Quasi Experimental Designsp. 65
Single Case (n = 1) Designsp. 75
Qualitative Researchp. 83
Discussion, Questions and Answersp. 93
Data Collection
Questionnaire Designp. 9
Interview Techniques and the Analysis of Interview Datap. 107
Observationp. 115
Measurementp. 125
Discussion, Questions and Answersp. 93
Descriptive Statistics
Organization and Presentation of Datap. 143
Measures of Central Tendency and Variabilityp. 155
Standard Scores and the Normal Curvep. 165
Correlationp. 175
Discussion, Questions and Answersp. 187
Inferential Statistics
Probability and Sampling Distributionsp. 193
Hypothesis Testingp. 207
Selection and Use of Statistical Testsp. 219
The Interpretation of Research Evidencep. 231
Discussion, Questions and Answersp. 239
Dissemination and Critical Evaluation of Research
Qualitative Data Analysisp. 245
Presentation of Health Science Researchp. 225
Critical Evaluation of Published Researchp. 263
Synthesis of Research Evidencep. 273
Discussion, Questions and Answersp. 285
Glossary of Research Termsp. 291
References and Further Readingp. 301
Answers to Questionsp. 305
Appendicesp. 317
Indexp. 327
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