Healthcare Research: A Handbook for Students and Practitioners / Edition 1

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Research is an integral component of any undergraduate healthcare course, and is also vital for continuing professional development (CPD). This book is an invaluable guide for students and practitioners who need to acquire a wide range of relevant skills, and it will equip them not only to assess the quality of published studies and apply findings to clinical practice, but also to undertake research themselves. An experienced team of contributors provide detailed explanations of the main concepts and methods used in critical appraisal of published research, and guide the reader in integrating these quality indicators into their own studies to ensure rigour in planning, design, and execution. Drawing on both quantitative and qualitative approaches, the authors write with an emphasis on the development of sound research skills through case-based illustrative examples and scenarios, with helpful summaries and practical exercises throughout. They also give advice on writing abstracts, presenting papers at conferences, and liaising with publishers. Ultimately, this text will enable readers to have full confidence in understanding, undertaking, and disseminating empirical research.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470519325
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/10/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Paula Roberts is Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursingand Midwifery at Keele University, Staffordshire, UK.

Helena Priest is Senior Lecturer in the School ofPsychology at Keele University, Staffordshire, UK.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Theory and Practice

1 Why healthcare research? Michael Traynor Traynor, Michael 3

2 Approaches to healthcare research Oliver Slevin Slevin, Oliver 11

3 Taking the first step: Developing a research proposal Leslie Woods Woods, Leslie Helena Priest Priest, Helena Paula Roberts Roberts, Paula 39

4 What do we know already? Searching the literature Susan Smith Smith, Susan David Bird Bird, David 53

5 Can we trust the evidence? Critically reviewing a research paper David Rogers Rogers, David 96

6 Conducting ethical research in healthcare Helena Priest Priest, Helena Paula Roberts Roberts, Paula 111

7 Quantitative research methods: Gathering and making sense of numbers David Clark-Carter Clark-Carter, David 130

8 Qualitative research methods: Gathering and making sense of words Helena Priest Priest, Helena Paula Roberts Roberts, Paula 150

9 Making your case: Writing for your audience Mike Brough Brough, Mike Susan Smith Smith, Susan Paula Roberts Roberts, Paula Helena Priest Priest, Helena 172

10 Sharing research knowledge Paula Roberts Roberts, Paula Colin Macduff Macduff, Colin Tim Smale Smale, Tim Helena Priest Priest, Helena 197

Pt. 2 Research in Action

11 Combining research methods: Case studies and action research Rebecca Jester Jester, Rebecca 217

12 Involving vulnerable people in research Helen Combes Combes, Helen Ranil Tan Tan, Ranil 228

13 Involving older people and carers in a research project: The 'virtual' steering group Sue Ashby Ashby, Sue Sian Maslin-Prothero Maslin-Prothero, Sian 239

14 Involving people with intellectual disabilities in research: Participation and emancipation Mike Gibbs Gibbs, Mike Sue Read Read, Sue 247

15 Researching with children and young people Jacqueline Collin Collin, Jacqueline Geraldine Lyte Lyte, Geraldine 256

16 Researching organizations: Evaluating a 'partnership for older people project' Roger Beech Beech, Roger Brenda Roe Roe, Brenda Michelle Russell Russell, Michelle Bernard Beech Beech, Bernard Deborah Gent Gent, Deborah 269

Postscript Paula Roberts Roberts, Paula Helena Priest Priest, Helena 282

Index 284

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