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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jake E Resch, PhD (University of Texas at Arlington)
Description: This wonderful supplement for an undergraduate research methodology course helps soon-to-be and entry-level clinicians master sometimes difficult and misunderstood research and statistical concepts.
Purpose: The authors use clinical examples to increase understanding of sometimes vague/complex concepts and reinforce key concepts with brief summaries. Given the direction of athletic training and physical therapy, as well as other healthcare professions, this book is needed. It is not a standalone book, rather a supplement to a research methods/statistics text. Overall, the authors meet their objectives, providing a synopsis of the scientific process, from the initial formation of the research effort to how to integrate and teach evidence-based practice, in approximately 400 pages.
Audience: The book is aimed at undergraduate students, but is also appropriate for entry-level clinicians. It probably is too elementary for graduate-level students.
Features: It covers the basic steps of the research process to integration of evidence-based practice in clinical and academic settings and includes summaries of qualitative and quantitative analysis. The true value of this book is in the general introduction to how to choose and use peer-reviewed articles and incorporate pertinent findings into clinical practice. It potentially could be used during upper and lower extremity evaluation or modality courses to help integrate the pertinent body of literature. Although they are not unique, the most beneficial features for readers are the real-world clinical examples, the brief summaries at the end of each section, and the computational examples. However content in some of the chapters could be reorganized. For example, in chapter 10, in order to establish validity, objectivity and reliability must be achieved. This is a personal preference, but it may help readers understand the order in which to collect evidence. For inferential statistics, why not start with the most basic and work towards more complex methodology?
Assessment: Overall, this book makes what some may consider a necessary evil more student-friendly. The authors accomplish their goal of helping students better comprehend research, statistics, and evidence-based practice. The book is good, but it may be most helpful as a supplement to clinical courses. Although not specifically related to evidence-based practice, texts such as Research Methods in Physical Activity, 6th edition, Thomas et al. (Human Kinetics, 2011), or Conducting and Reading Research in Health and Human Performance, 4th edition, Baumgartner and Hensley (McGraw Hill, 2005), are more appropriate standalone books on the subject.