Critical Evaluation of Research in Physical Rehabilitation: Towards Evidence-Based Practice / Edition 1

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Overview

This authoritative text offers a systematic structure for evaluating research articles and incorporating the findings into professional practice. Coverage includes research methodooology and design; how to perform a literature search; how to review and appraise papers on outcome assessment, diagnostic tests, economic evaluations, systematic reviews, meta analysis; and health care review in the 21st Century.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: Kenneth Bush, MPT, PhD (Pacific University)
Description: This book is designed to help clinicians and students critically evaluate research relating to clinical practice. There are specific chapters and checklists for evaluating outcome measures, treatment effectiveness, economic evaluation, and meta-analysis.
Purpose: The purpose is to help students and clinicians understand the basics of research so they can evaluate research properly. The authors make a strong case for the importance of clinical research that is not currently being used. They have created a reasonably good introductory text to begin the process of critical evaluation of research literature.
Audience: The text is designed for the student and clinician in allied health fields. It is appropriately focused for the clinician who already has a basic understanding of the research process and its pitfalls. The authors are both experienced clinicians and researchers who know and understand the field.
Features: An overview of research design serves as an introduction, and then the authors move to the topic of conducting a review of research literature. In Chapter 2 they describe the options for conducting a literature review in the area of allied health topics. In the main portion of the book (Chapters 3-7) they detail systematic approaches to evaluating different types of research. An appendix contains checklists to help the reader evaluate the quality of different types of clinical research literature. Disappointingly, the coverage of material in Chapter 1 is too broard and rather superficial, and the information presented in Chapters 8 and 9 is only mildly related to the purpose of the book.
Assessment: This book is a good starting point for someone who has no experience but an interest in improving their critical reading of research literature. However, the shallow coverage in Chapter 1 makes it difficult to use this book as a text for a research course. Chapter 2 would be beneficial as a supplement to a more substantial text on research design such as Portney's Foundations of Clinical Research: Applications to Practice, 2nd Edition (Prentice Hall, 2000). For the practicing clinician, however, this would be a very good book because it is easy to read and has a structured approach and checklists to guide the evaluation of research studies.
Kenneth Bush
This book is designed to help clinicians and students critically evaluate research relating to clinical practice. There are specific chapters and checklists for evaluating outcome measures, treatment effectiveness, economic evaluation, and meta-analysis. The purpose is to help students and clinicians understand the basics of research so they can evaluate research properly. The authors make a strong case for the importance of clinical research that is not currently being used. They have created a reasonably good introductory text to begin the process of critical evaluation of research literature. The text is designed for the student and clinician in allied health fields. It is appropriately focused for the clinician who already has a basic understanding of the research process and its pitfalls. The authors are both experienced clinicians and researchers who know and understand the field. An overview of research design serves as an introduction, and then the authors move to the topic of conducting a review of research literature. In Chapter 2 they describe the options for conducting a literature review in the area of allied health topics. In the main portion of the book (Chapters 3-7) they detail systematic approaches to evaluating different types of research. An appendix contains checklists to help the reader evaluate the quality of different types of clinical research literature. Disappointingly, the coverage of material in Chapter 1 is too broard and rather superficial, and the information presented in Chapters 8 and 9 is only mildly related to the purpose of the book. This book is a good starting point for someone who has no experience but an interest in improving theircritical reading of research literature. However, the shallow coverage in Chapter 1 makes it difficult to use this book as a text for a research course. Chapter 2 would be beneficial as a supplement to a more substantial text on research design such as Portney's Foundations of Clinical Research: Applications to Practice, 2nd Edition (Prentice Hall, 2000). For the practicing clinician, however, this would be a very good book because it is easy to read and has a structured approach and checklists to guide the evaluation of research studies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780721673905
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 1/3/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 271
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.91 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

The Nuts and Bolts of Research: Terms, Concepts, and Designs. Where to Look for the Evidence - The Library Search. How to Start a Critical Review of the Literature. How to Review Articles on Outcome Measures and Diagnostic Tests. How to Review Articles About Treatment Efficacy and Effectiveness. How to Understand an Article About Economic Evaluation. How to Evaluate a Review Article or a Meta-Analysis. International Collaborations. Health Care in the 21st Century. Appendices. Elements of a Research Paper and a Research Proposal. Sample Evaluation Sheets. Examples of Published Papers. Cochrane Collaboration. Glossary. Subject Index.
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