Handbook of Veterinary Clinical Research

Handbook of Veterinary Clinical Research

by Mark Holmes, Peter Cockcroft
     
 

The first accessible information on how to carry out veterinary clinical research. This book is an aid to increasing the quantity and quality of such research within veterinary clinical practice. Covering all the core research methods as well as aspects specific to veterinary medicine. Clinical research aims to optimize decision making in practice by answering

Overview

The first accessible information on how to carry out veterinary clinical research. This book is an aid to increasing the quantity and quality of such research within veterinary clinical practice. Covering all the core research methods as well as aspects specific to veterinary medicine. Clinical research aims to optimize decision making in practice by answering questions on the best diagnostic options and treatments. Reading this book will help you take the intellectually rewarding step towards improving prognoses and outcomes through informed decisions. Special attention is given to ethical and legal issues, how to maximise the power of studies when faced with small numbers of patients, and how to go about research with few obvious resources to hand.

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Reviewer: Wanda J Gordon-Evans, DVM, PhD (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This book, designed to aid in constructing clinical experiments, outlines the methodologies used to design different types of clinical research experiments and discusses common errors. Review questions are offered at the end of each chapter.
Purpose: The purpose is to arm those hoping to perform clinical research with the tools necessary to design appropriate trials to answer clinical questions. This is a worthy objective as most veterinarians are not trained in how to conduct clinical research. Overall, this book provides an overview of the necessary thought processes for designing clinical trials in a straightforward manner.
Audience: Practitioners who would like to embark on clinical research are the intended readers. In addition, residents in many different specialties would benefit from this book when designing clinical projects.
Features: This book provides an overview of clinical research design including different study designs and the associated evidentiary value, legal and ethical issues, and funding and practical issues. The index and table of contents provide quick reference to portions that might be used frequently, like the calculation of sample size. Although readers may skip the review questions at the end of the chapters, they may help to clear up some areas of confusion. A disadvantage of the book is the oversimplification of some aspects of clinical research. However, a more comprehensive approach may overstep the purpose and create confusion. Although some published research is used, examples of the pros and cons of current research to illustrate points for the authors would increase the clarity.
Assessment: This is useful as an introduction to clinical research and as a quick reference for sample size determination.
From the Publisher
“Any college-level collection strong in veterinary science needs a handbook [on] how to carry out clinical research … [this book] fits that bill … .Outstanding survey.” California Bookwatch

“The first accessible information on how to carry out veterinary clinical research. Covering all the core research methods as well as aspects specific to veterinary medicine. Special attention is given to ethical and legal issues … .This is useful as an introduction to clinical research and as a quick reference for sample size determination.” Doody's Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405145510
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/03/2008
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.55(d)

Meet the Author

Dr Mark Holmes is a senior lecturer in preventive veterinary medicine, Chairman of the Farm Animal Epidemiology and Informatics Unit, and director of the Outreach Program of the Cambridge Infectious Diseases Consortium, at the University of Cambridge.
Dr Peter Cockcroft is Programme Director of Cambridge Expert Vets, an independent veterinary education, training and support business. He was previously a senior lecturer in farm animal medicine at the University of Cambridge for 11 years.

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