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Overview

Doody's Book Review: 98 - 5 Stars!

This is a unique book on scientific research written for health care practitioners. Using step-by-step guidelines, the text teaches students and practitioners to implement a research protocol and evaluate the results, even if s/he has no experience or formal training in the research process. It provides the basic tools to carry out and critically analyze the research data, from asking the initial questions to preparing a publication. The chapters are organized around the major steps in the research process, allowing the reader to sort through various research procedures easily. All statistical procedures are illustrated with actual examples from health care practice.

Instructor Resources include PowerPoint slides and a Test Bank.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Steven K. Hamick, BIS, RCP, RRT (William Beaumont Hospitals)
Description: This is a practical guide to basic research procedures to help readers become educated consumers of research. It is unique in its focus on healthcare students and professionals who want to become involved with research while organized as a worthy resource for experienced researchers. This is an update of the 2003 edition.
Purpose: According to the author, the book is not designed to be a treatise on any particular aspect of medical research, but rather a guide to supplement specialized statistic textbooks. It can also function as a standalone book for a short course in research. Given the ever-changing face of research, this is a worthy resource that meets the objectives.
Audience: The book is intended as a practical, go-to guide for students and healthcare practitioners interested in research as well as seasoned researchers. The author is a highly respected researcher, author, and expert in the field of respiratory care who uses examples from his own experiences. However, the concepts are applicable to any area of medical research.
Features: Much of the book is written in the first person, as if the author is speaking directly to the reader. It is divided into four sections which contain the five basic phases of research, including how to use the scientific method, do a literature review, perform literature searches, dissect research papers, conduct studies, publish research papers and case reports, statistics, and much more. Chapters end with questions to reinforce concepts and tables, graphs, and statistical formulas are used throughout the book. The six appendixes include basic science writing, a glossary, peer review checklists, answers to chapter questions, how to write a model paper, and response to reviewers. The book ends with a comprehensive index.
Assessment: This is an excellent, easy-to-read primer on research and updates its predecessor with new tables, figures, the latest Internet resources, and a new section on improving scientific writing skills. This highly recommended book would be a valuable resource for libraries in addition to individuals.
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Reviewer: Steven K. Hamick, BIS, RCP, RRT, AE-C(William Beaumont Hospitals)
Description: This is a practical guide to basic research procedures to help readers become educated consumers of research. It is unique in its focus on healthcare students and professionals who want to become involved with research while organized as a worthy resource for experienced researchers. This is an update of the 2003 edition.
Purpose: According to the author, the book is not designed to be a treatise on any particular aspect of medical research, but rather a guide to supplement specialized statistic textbooks. It can also function as a standalone book for a short course in research. Given the ever-changing face of research, this is a worthy resource that meets the objectives.
Audience: The book is intended as a practical, go-to guide for students and healthcare practitioners interested in research as well as seasoned researchers. The author is a highly respected researcher, author, and expert in the field of respiratory care who uses examples from his own experiences. However, the concepts are applicable to any area of medical research.
Features: Much of the book is written in the first person, as if the author is speaking directly to the reader. It is divided into four sections which contain the five basic phases of research, including how to use the scientific method, do a literature review, perform literature searches, dissect research papers, conduct studies, publish research papers and case reports, statistics, and much more. Chapters end with questions to reinforce concepts and tables, graphs, and statistical formulas are used throughout the book. The six appendixes include basic science writing, a glossary, peer review checklists, answers to chapter questions, how to write a model paper, and response to reviewers. The book ends with a comprehensive index.
Assessment: This is an excellent, easy-to-read primer on research and updates its predecessor with new tables, figures, the latest Internet resources, and a new section on improving scientific writing skills. This highly recommended book would be a valuable resource for libraries in addition to individuals.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Steven K. Hamick, BIS, RCP, RRT, AE-C(William Beaumont Hospitals)
Description: This is a practical guide to basic research procedures to help readers become educated consumers of research. It is unique in its focus on healthcare students and professionals who want to become involved with research while organized as a worthy resource for experienced researchers. This is an update of the 2003 edition.
Purpose: According to the author, the book is not designed to be a treatise on any particular aspect of medical research, but rather a guide to supplement specialized statistic textbooks. It can also function as a standalone book for a short course in research. Given the ever-changing face of research, this is a worthy resource that meets the objectives.
Audience: The book is intended as a practical, go-to guide for students and healthcare practitioners interested in research as well as seasoned researchers. The author is a highly respected researcher, author, and expert in the field of respiratory care who uses examples from his own experiences. However, the concepts are applicable to any area of medical research.
Features: Much of the book is written in the first person, as if the author is speaking directly to the reader. It is divided into four sections which contain the five basic phases of research, including how to use the scientific method, do a literature review, perform literature searches, dissect research papers, conduct studies, publish research papers and case reports, statistics, and much more. Chapters end with questions to reinforce concepts and tables, graphs, and statistical formulas are used throughout the book. The six appendixes include basic science writing, a glossary, peer review checklists, answers to chapter questions, how to write a model paper, and response to reviewers. The book ends with a comprehensive index.
Assessment: This is an excellent, easy-to-read primer on research and updates its predecessor with new tables, figures, the latest Internet resources, and a new section on improving scientific writing skills. This highly recommended book would be a valuable resource for libraries in addition to individuals.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763778057
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Edition description: 2E
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Sect. I Introduction 1

1 Why Study Research? 3

2 Ethics and Research 9

3 Outcomes Research 17

Sect. II Planning the Study 29

4 The Scientific Method 31

5 Developing the Study Idea 37

6 Reviewing the Literature 45

7 Designing the Experiment 59

Sect. III Conducting the Study 79

8 Steps to Implementation 81

9 Making Measurements 93

10 Basic Statistical Concepts 121

11 Statistical Methods for Nominal Measures 187

12 Statistical Methods for Ordinal Measures 205

13 Statistical Methods for Continuous Measures 213

Sect. IV Publishing the Findings 241

14 The Paper 243

15 The Abstract 255

16 The Case Report 267

17 The Poster Presentation 281

App. I Basic Science Writing 287

App. II Glossary 321

App. III Peer Review Checklists 331

App. IV Answers 335

App. V Model Paper 343

App. VI Response to Reviewers 357

Index 361

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