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From The CriticsReviewer: 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.