Introduction to Research: Understanding and Applying Multiple Strategies / Edition 4

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Overview

Bridge the gap between research and practice with DePoy and Gitlin's Introduction to Research: Understanding and Applying Multiple Strategies, 4th Edition. This completely updated, user-friendly text helps you better understand not only the research process, but also research designs and their applications to the real world of clinical practice. Covering multiple research strategies (including both qualitative and quantitative research), it gives you a balanced approach to various research traditions, addressing emerging key issues in today's health care environment.

• Offers a balanced approach to various research methods and multiple research strategies, including qualitative, quantitative, naturalistic and experimental-type, and more.
• Presents complex information in a clear, highly readable, and easy-to-understand manner.
• Keeps information relevant to today's health care environment with real-world "snapshots" and a final Stories from the Field chapter.
• Includes detailed discussions of qualitative and quantitative methodologies, a unique and balanced focus that makes this text more comprehensive than others in its field.
• Covers experimental-type, naturalistic, and mixed method design strategies, improving your ability to compare, contrast, and integrate different methods.
Evolve online resources include statistics math tips to accompany Chapter 19, crossword puzzles, useful weblinks, and sample forms.

• Reflects recent changes in the field, including new material on preparing poster presentations, community and participatory research, translation issues, and advanced scale development, giving you the tools you need to devise successful research studies.
• Includes expanded evidence-based material and occupational therapy-specific information, discussing the methods used in each study.

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"Providing a bridge between research and practice, this text for undergraduate and advanced students in the health and human services helps readers develop their clinical intuition to inform research, thinking, and action. Early chapters cover philosophical foundations and offer guidelines on reviewing the literature and formulating research questions. Design approaches are then described, covering both experimental-type designs and naturalistic inquiry designs, and practical actions are explained, such as setting the boundaries of a study, collecting info, and statistical analysis. Stories from the authors' own research practice demonstrate how to improve practice through inquiry. This fourth edition contains new material on ethics and informed consent documentation, and a new chapter on seeking financial support for research ideas, plus practical hints for getting started writing a research proposal. A student website offers background on statistics, web links, sample forms, and reference lists linked to PubMed abstracts. DePoy teaches interdisciplinary disabilities studies and social work at the University of Maine. Gitlin teaches occupational therapy at Thomas Jefferson University."

- Book News, Inc.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323068543
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 10/15/2010
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 280,774
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction

1.Research as an important way of knowing

2.Essentials of research

Part II: Thinking Processes

3.Philosophical foundations

4.Framing the problem

5.Developing a knowledge base through review of the literature

6.Theory in research

7.Formulating research questions and queries

8.Language and thinking processes

Part III: Design approaches

9.Experimental-type designs

10.Naturalistic inquiry designs

Part IV: Action processes

11.Setting the boundaries of a study

12.Protecting the boundaries

13.Boundary setting in experimental-type designs

14.Boundary setting in naturalistic designs

15.Collecting information

16.Measurement in experimental-type research

17.Gathering information in naturalistic inquiry

18. Preparing and organizing data

19. Statistical analysis for experimental-type research

20. Analysis in naturalistic inquiry

21. Sharing research knowledge before the study

22. Sharing research knowledge during and after the study

Part V: Improving practice through inquiry

23. Case study designs

24. Reciprocal role of research & practice

25. Stories from the field

Appendix: Informed consent documents

Glossary

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