Introduction To Health Research Methods: A Practical Guide

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2011-04-06
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
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From best-selling author of Introduction to Global Health, Introduction to Health Research Methods demystifies the research process and empowers students (and other new investigators) to conduct their own original research projects. Using clear language and practical examples, the text has five sections that describe the entire research process beginning with the identification of a research question and the selection of a study approach, proceeding through the collection and analysis of data and the preparation of a formal scientific report, and ending with academic and professional presentations and publishing.By breaking the research process down into manageable steps, Introduction to Health Research Methods communicates the excitement and importance of health research—and encourages readers to make their own contribution to improving the health of individuals and communities through research.Key features:• A step-by-step guide to conducting research in medicine, public health, and other health sciences• For classroom use or for guiding independent work on scholarly projects• Covers the entire research process from identifying a study question and selecting a study approach to collecting and analyzing data to disseminating the findings• Includes detailed information about how to conduct primary studies (collection of new data), secondary analyses (analysis of existing data), and tertiary studies (literature reviews)• Weaves elements of research ethics throughout the book

Table of Contents

Chapter1 The Purpose and Process of Health Research
PartStep 1 Identifying A Study Question
Chapter2 Selecting a General Topic
Chapter3 Reviewing the Literature
Chapter4 Focusing the Research Question
Chapter5 Assembling a Support Team
PartStep 2 Selecting A Study Approach
Chapter6 Overview of Study Approaches
Chapter7 Reviews / Meta-analyses
Chapter8 Correlational (Ecological) Studies
Chapter9 Case Series
Chapter10 Cross-Sectional Surveys
Chapter11 Case-Control Studies
Chapter12 Cohort Studies
Chapter13 Experimental Studies
Chapter14 Qualitative Studies
PartStep 3 Designing the Study and Collecting Data
Chapter15 Overview: Developing a Proposal and Protocol
Chapter16 Primary Studies: Selecting a Study Population
Chapter17 Primary Studies: Estimating Sample Size
Chapter18 Primary Studies: Developing a Questionnaire
Chapter19 Primary Studies: Surveys and Interviews
Chapter20 Primary Studies: Additional Assessments
Chapter21 Primary Studies: Ethical Considerations
Chapter22 Ethical Review and Approval
Chapter23 Secondary Studies: Existing Data Sets
Chapter24 Tertiary Studies: Systematic Reviews
PartStep 4 Analyzing Data
Chapter25 Data Management
Chapter26 Descriptive Statistics
Chapter27 Comparative Statistics
Chapter28 A Brief Guide to Advanced Health Statistics
PartStep 5 Reporting Findings
Chapter29 Article Structure
Chapter30 Citing
Chapter31 Writing Strategies
Chapter32 Critically Revising
Chapter33 Posters and Presentations
Chapter34 Selecting Target Journals
Chapter35 The Submission, Review, and Publication Process
Chapter36 Why Publish?

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