Health Sciences Literature Review Made Easy: The Matrix Method / Edition 1

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Health Sciences Literature Review Made Easy: The Matrix Method provides students and practitioners with a concrete understanding of scientific literature by instilling the essential skills needed to evaluate article findings. A multi-part case study, along with visual examples, is woven throughout the text so the reader can relate to the information by seeing it applied to a real-life research scenario. The Second Edition contains increased information on Internet research.

From introduction to application, this text thoroughly examines the Matrix Method of research. The fundamental principles of searching, organizing, reviewing, and synthesizing are covered at the most basic level. An easy-to-read, practical reference, Health Sciences Literature Review Made Easy, Second Edition serves as an invaluable aid to students, researchers, and practitioners.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Alison Grodzinski
This book provides a complete and easy-to-understand description of the matrix method, a systematic methodology for conducting a thorough and efficient review of health science literature. The matrix method, which has grown from a simple organizational system into an efficient and precise research methodology, is described here in full. This publication serves as a how-to guide along each step of the process. It is intended for graduate students and professionals from a variety of health science backgrounds. The author, a professor of health science research methods, originally developed the matrix method for her own research purposes. She has instructed her students in the methodology for years and now brings it beyond the classroom. In addition to providing a tutorial on searching the literature using electronic databases, she describes how to systematically abstract each article, how to synthesize the information in a coherent and logical manner, and finally how to maintain and update the file of information. The author applies this methodology to relevant trends in healthcare research, such as evidence-based medicine and clinical practice guidelines. At the end of each chapter, the reader is presented with the story of one student's experiences as an illustrative example of each concept that is discussed. In addition, a useful list of references to books, journals, and web sites is included. This book goes beyond other research methods texts by delving beyond the basic search process into evaluation and organization of the information. The step-by-step organization is clear and the common sense approach taken by the author is logical. Although some more experiencedresearchers may consider this publication very simplistic, the methodology may still be useful to learn. I recommend this book to anyone interested in conducting a thorough and efficient review of the literature.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Diane M Tomasic, EdD, RN (Slippery Rock University )
Description: This book describes the Matrix Method and Matrix Indexing System for reviewing and tracking scientific literature. The first edition was published seven years ago.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide tools for researching and synthesizing the scientific literature. This is indeed a useful goal since clinicians in healthcare rely on the scientific literature to make healthcare decisions. This book meets the author's objectives.
Audience: The target audience is primarily health science graduate students. However, the author notes that all clinicians in the healthcare field can benefit from this book.
Features: It describes the processes of conducting a literature review and synthesizing the literature. Part I deals with the fundamentals of a literature review. Part II describes in detail how to search the literature and the Matrix Method of synthesizing the literature. Part II discusses how the Matrix Method can be applied. To demonstrate application of chapter content, each chapter concludes with "Caroline's Quest." Useful resources for literature reviews are provided in an appendix.
Assessment: This book and the Matrix Method should be a valuable reference for the target audience and anyone conducting a review of the literature. With the wealth of information available, one needs to be able to keep track of the information in an orderly fashion. The Matrix Method seems to fit that need.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780834212237
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 2/19/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 209

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 3
Ch. 2 Basic concepts 29
Ch. 3 Paper trail : how to plan and manage a search of the literature 63
Ch. 4 Documents section : how to select and organize documents for review 99
Ch. 5 Review matrix : how to abstract the research literature 107
Ch. 6 Synthesis : how to use a review matrix to write a synthesis 129
Ch. 7 A library of lit review books 143
Ch. 8 The matrix indexing system 149
Ch. 9 Matrix applications by health sciences professionals 163
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