Clinical Research: Concepts and Principles for Advanced Practice Nurses / Edition 1

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This unique textbook integrates statistical concepts into evidence-based clinical practice and patient management. Research concepts and techniques are drawn from epidemiology, bio-statistics, and psychometrics, as well as educational and social science research. Clinical examples throughout the text illustrate practical and scientifically sound applications of the concepts. Data tables and research vignettes highlight statistical distributions involving probability. Methods to locate and utilize web-based information relevant to clinical research are discussed, and web URLs are provided. Further learning is encouraged by the inclusion of suggested activities, recommended readings, references, and a comprehensive glossary of research terms. Additional resources are available at a Connection Website,

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Reviewer: Diane M Tomasic, EdD, RN (Slippery Rock University )
Description: This book provides the advanced practice nurse with the concepts and methods to use research findings and generate new knowledge. This book emphasizes both social science and epidemiological concepts and terminology for research design and analyses.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide the reader with a thorough understanding of the methodological concepts and tools used in evidence-based practice. This book meets the aim of the authors.
Audience: The target audience is graduate students in nursing and those preparing for advanced clinical practice roles as mid-level providers. The authors have taught master's level classes in nursing research and are experts in the field.
Features: This book consists of seven parts. Part 1 introduces the reader to research in the advanced practice role. Parts 2-4 deal with the design and analysis of experimental studies, quasi-experimental studies and observation studies. Measurement and data collection is the focus of part 5 and part 6 deals with populations and sampling. Part 7 covers the remaining concepts of the research process. Features include research scenarios describing problem development, clinical research in action describing reviews of research to illustrate concepts, suggested activities, and review notes dealing with issues/topics covered in previous chapters.
Assessment: This book will be useful to the advanced practice nurse. It is designed to provide the nurse with higher level skill and competencies in evidence-based practice.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781735186
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480

Table of Contents

PART 1 Introduction to Research in Advanced Nursing Practice 1
CHAPTER 1 Advanced Practice Nursing and the Integration of Research Into Clinical Practice 1
CHAPTER 2 The Vocabulary of Research and Overview of the Research Process 6

PART 2 The Design and Analysis of Experimental Studies
(Clinical Trials) 29

CHAPTER 3 The Logic of Causal Inference in Experimental Studies 29
CHAPTER 4 The Design and Analysis of Studies with Separate Control Groups 51
CHAPTER 5 The Design and Analysis of Repeated-Measures Experiments 73

PART 3 The Design and Analysis of Quasi-Experimental Studies 89
CHAPTER 6 Quasi-Experimental Studies for Clinical Settings 89
CHAPTER 7 The Analysis of Quasi-Experiments 105

PART 4 The Design and Analysis of Observational Studies 117
CHAPTER 8 Introduction to Observational Studies 117
CHAPTER 9 Cohort Studies 131
CHAPTER 10 Case-Control Studies 143
CHAPTER 11 Survey Studies 157
CHAPTER 12 Qualitative Research Approaches 175

PART 5 Measurement and Data Collection 193
CHAPTER 13 Concepts of Measurement and Measurement Error 193
CHAPTER 14 Judging the Quality of Measurement 207
CHAPTER 15 Outcome Measures for Research and Practice 229
CHAPTER 16 Data Collection Techniques 243
CHAPTER 17 Analysis of Existing Data 265
CHAPTER 18 Qualitative Approaches to Data Collection and Interpretation 278

PART 6 Populations and Sampling 295
CHAPTER 19 Introduction: Key Concepts in Sampling 295
CHAPTER 20 The Logic of Statistical Inference After Probability Sampling 310
CHAPTER 21 Qualitative Approaches to Sampling 328

PART 7 Clinical Research and Practice for Advanced Practice Nurses 337
CHAPTER 22 Surveying: Making Use of Research Literature 337
CHAPTER 23 Designing and Implementing Small-Scale Clinical Studies 352
CHAPTER 24 Ethical Issues in Research Involving Human Subjects 372
CHAPTER 25 Sources of Funding for Clinical Studies 395
CHAPTER 26 Dissemination of Research Findings to Promote Changes in Practice and Policy 411

Appendix A Computation and Interpretation of Common Univariate Descriptive Statistics 425

Appendix B Estimating the Standard Error of a Mean Difference 431

Appendix C Random Numbers and Their Use 433

Glossary 435

Index 447

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