Description: This book outlines the methodological steps for appropriate diagnostic clinical research. It is a thorough guide to the world of study evaluation, design, analysis, and implementation.
Purpose: It describes the necessities for the advancement of clinical diagnostic research. Given the advances in medical technology/knowledge/practice, this book provides the means for clinical diagnostic research to progress at the same rate.
Audience: This is an excellent resource for medical professionals in various specialties. Epidemiologists, practitioners, and graduate students will be well served by this book and its emphasis on linking clinical research and healthcare. The authors are obvious experts in the field of primary care research, and the contributors are a diverse group.
Features: This is a thorough compilation of clinical research methods and practices. One of the key chapters is chapter 7, which is an excellent explanation of basic data analysis and interpretation of findings. This is an excellent overview of epidemiology, the interpretation of primary statistical findings, and the impact that they have on clinical practice.
Assessment: The authors note that a primary reason for this second edition is to expound upon methodologies. They have also nicely incorporated clinical diagnosis with implementation into practice.