First Steps in Research: A Pocketbook for Healthcare Students

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This title is directed primarily towards health care professionals outside of the United States. It covers the steps necessary to plan and undertake a research project and will use clear examples to illustrate what at times are difficult concepts.

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‘Having already purchased a couple of Porter’s books in the past I knew this would be another ‘must have’… it describes the research process from start to finish in a simple but informative way, with some of Porters humour added in along the way! Easy language is used throughout, so you do not have to read each chapter 3 times before understanding it… I would say this is an essential book to have, especially for any healthcare students, who are learning about, planning or undertaking research.’

By Claire Hartley, Physiotherapy Student

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780443103988
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 6/13/2008
  • Series: Physiotherapy Pocketbooks Series
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Making a start - Stuart Porter
2. The Researchers view of The World - Research Paradigms - Stuart Porter
3. Putting It Down On Paper - Stuart Porter, Sally French, John Swain
4. How to Search Databases - Mark Elkins
5. Research Ethics - Hugh Davies
6. Sampling, Reliability and Validity - Stuart Porter
7. Presenting your research and speaking to others - Stuart Porter & Sue Porter
8. Carrying out qualitative research - Maggie Donovan-Hall and Bridget Dibb

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