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From The CriticsReviewer: Diane M Tomasic, EdD, RN (Slippery Rock University )
Description: This introductory research textbook provides readers with the basic information regarding the methods and principles of research methodology. The primary focus is on quantitative research methodology. One chapter describes qualitative methodology.
Purpose: The purpose is to introduce fundamental principles of research methodology and explain their application for conducting research and to demonstrate their use for defining and solving problems in healthcare. This book is not intended to provide the methodology to conduct research. The objectives are met by the authors, although the qualitative chapter is quite limited.
Audience: The target audience is health science students learning about principles of the research process. It is not for students learning to conduct research. The authors of the book are university professors.
Features: The first section introduces the scientific method. Sections 2 through 6 describe the major steps of the research process. The final section discusses the dissemination and evaluation of research. Each chapter concludes with a self assessment section that includes definitions and true/false and multiple choice questions and answers. Each section concludes with a scenario to apply the section content with questions and answers. A glossary of research terms and a reference list, along with three statistical tables, are provided. The book strongly favors quantitative methods while the description of qualitative research is weak.
Assessment: This book provides readers with the basics to read research studies and critically evaluate a quantitative research study. The strength is the coverage of introductory material related to quantitative research.