Introduction to Research in Health Sciences / Edition 4

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Overview

This book is essential reading for research in any of the health science disciplines. This new edition covers quantitative and qualitative research methodology in simple language with a straightforward approach. Each chapter contains a self-assessment test, discussion, and questions and answers so readers can assess their progress. Thistext ensures that students can understand and utilize the latest advances in their area of clinical practice. The book combines a thorough grounding in practical research skills with a down-to-earth approach.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: 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.
Diane Tomasic(West Libery State College)
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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780443062650
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 7/25/2000
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Section 1: The Scientific Method. The Scientific Methods. Discussions, Questions and Answers. Section 2: Research Planning. Introduction. Research Planning. Sampling Methods and External Validity. Causal Research and Internal Validity. Discussion, Questions and Answers. Section 3: Research Designs. Introduction. Experimental Designs. Surveys and Quasi-Experimental Designs. Single Subject (n=1) Designs. Qualitative Field Research. Discussion, Questions and Answers. Section 4: Data Collection. Introduction. Questionnaire Design. Interview Techniques and the Analysis of Interview Data. Observation. Measurement and Instrumentation. Discussion, Questions and Answers. Section 5: Descriptive Statistics. Introduction. Organisation and Presentation of Data. Measures of Central Tendency and Dispersion. Standard Scores and the Normal Curve. Correlation. Discussion, Questions and Answers. Section 6: Inferential Statistics. Introduction. Probability and Sampling Distributions. Hypothesis Testing. Selection and Use of Statistical Tests. Interpretation of the Evidence. Discussion, Questions and Answers. Section 7: Dissemination and Critical Evaluation of Research. Introduction. Presentation of Health Science Research. Discussion, Questions and Answers. Glossary of Research Terms. References and Further Reading. Answers to Questions. Appendices. Index.

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