Research Methods and Audit for General Practice / Edition 3

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Overview

This book is the third edition of a highly successful book in the Oxford General Practice Series. The aim is to provide practical guidance to get you to the point where you will be able to complete and publish a research project of your own. In this respect the book is intended as a basic research primer. The book is organized to follow the research process, from the initial formulation of a researchable question, through the process of deciding on a plan (the design), choosing a sample, and devising appropriate measurement instruments, to the data analysis and final writing up of the project. The book is appropriate for individuals planning research and groups. The text has been extensively revised, in part as a response to the increasingly important part played by computers in research. But also research techniques are in a constant state of development so it was opportune to update sections on research design and statistics. The last chapter on audit has now been placed in the context of clinical governance.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: Donald R. Frey, MD (Creighton University Medical Center)
Description: This is a practical, "how to" manual for conducting effective research in general practice settings. It is part of the Oxford General Practice series, authored by U.K. general practitioners. The previous update was published in 1994.
Purpose: The purpose is to introduce basic research principles to practicing physicians. The authors designed this work as a basic research primer, and they lay the groundwork for research development in a variety of clinical settings. Considering that most research is generated in major university settings, the promotion of clinical investigation at the community level is particularly important.
Audience: The text is written primarily for practicing general practitioners. However, students and residents who have an interest in both research and community practice will find this text helpful in developing their careers. The authors, one a community general practitioner and the other a general practice academic, bring a wealth of experience to the text.
Features: The authors succinctly outline and reference the research process. Beginning with the basic concepts of how to ask clinical questions and continuing through study design and completion, they cover all aspects of successful research. Mathematical and statistical models, frequently a turn-off to practicing physicians, are discussed in a logical and user-friendly fashion. Tables, graphs, and illustrations are utilized to help cycle the reader into the world of research. However, a few more visual illustrations would have added to the readability of the text.
Assessment: Previous editions have proven to be true "research motivators" for many general practitioners in Great Britain. For those American family physicians with an interest in research, this short but very effective text will make an excellent launching pad for moving many practice-generated research questions from simple or abstract thoughts to published articles.
Donald R. Frey
This is a practical, how to manual for conducting effective research in general practice settings. It is part of the Oxford General Practice series, authored by U.K. general practitioners. The previous update was published in 1994. "The purpose is to introduce basic research principles to practicing physicians. The authors designed this work as a basic research primer, and they lay the groundwork for research development in a variety of clinical settings. Considering that most research is generated in major university settings, the promotion of clinical investigation at the community level is particularly important. "The text is written primarily for practicing general practitioners. However, students and residents who have an interest in both research and community practice will find this text helpful in developing their careers. The authors, one a community general practitioner and the other a general practice academic, bring a wealth of experience to the text. "The authors succinctly outline and reference the research process. Beginning with the basic concepts of how to ask clinical questions and continuing through study design and completion, they cover all aspects of successful research. Mathematical and statistical models, frequently a turn-off to practicing physicians, are discussed in a logical and user-friendly fashion. Tables, graphs, and illustrations are utilized to help cycle the reader into the world of research. However, a few more visual illustrations would have added to the readability of the text. "Previous editions have proven to be true research motivators for many general practitioners in Great Britain. For those American family physicians with an interestin research, this short but very effective text will make an excellent launching pad for moving many practice-generated research questions from simple or abstract thoughts to published articles.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192631916
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/2000
  • Series: Oxford General Practice Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Asking questions 1
2 Designing a study 16
3 Measuring things 39
4 Collecting data 59
5 In the field 78
6 Data into numbers 97
7 Analysing data 114
8 Using data analysis software 135
9 Using statistics 145
10 Writing up the research 175
11 Planning research 193
12 Doing audit 198
Index 217
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