Research Methods for Clinical Therapists: Applied Project Design and Analysis / Edition 5

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Struggling to do a project or dissertation, evaluate published research or conduct your own research? Help is at hand with this 5th edition of Research Methods for Clinical Therapists, which explains, in a clear and simple manner, how to evaluate existing research and how to conduct your own research.

Aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as the practising health care professional, the focus of the text is the design and analysis of experimental studies. These are vital to the effectiveness studies that are central to the work of the healthcare professional. Specific examples from different areas of healthcare are used to explain the core research concepts and relate them to clinical situations. Statistical theory and jargon are kept to a minimum.

• 'Key concept' boxes to explain technical research terms
• Activities and exercises (with answers provided in an appendix) to reinforce learning
• Sample critique of a published research article
• Comprehensive coverage of the key components of a robust research study
• Explanation of basic mathematical concepts

• Extended section on calculating sample sizes
• Guidelines on the preparation of posters
• Calculation of Inter-rater reliability measures, including Cohen’s Kappa, ICC (interclass correlation) and Bland-Altman graphs of inter-rater agreement
• Introduction to Receiver Operating Characteristics, for use in screening and diagnostic testing against gold-standards
• The Thurstone Paired Comparison Technique, valuable in capturing the user voice on a variety of service planning, design and development issues
• Undertaking Systematic Reviews
• Relevant further reading for each chapter to support readers in their work.

Reviews basics: research design & instruments, errors; statistical tests, attitude scales, Delphi technique

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780702029981
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 9/18/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgements xi

Section 1 Basic principles of research 1

1 Introduction 3

2 Research design and statistics: some basic concepts 17

3 Questionnaires, surveys and sampling 23

4 The nature of the data 37

5 Techniques of descriptive statistics 45

6 Testing hypotheses 69

7 Designing your study 91

8 Sources of error in research 103

9 Matching the research design to the statistical test 121

10 Putting the theory into practice 135

11 Writing up the research for publication 147

12 Reading published research critically 161

Section 2 Statistical tests 167

13 Non-parametric tests for same- and matched-subject designs 169

14 Parametric tests for same- and matched-subject designs 187

15 Non-parametric tests for different-(unrelated-) subject designs 201

16 Parametric tests for different- (unrelated-) subject designs 221

17 Non-parametric and parametric tests for correlational designs 235

18 Estimation 253

Section 3 Research applications 263

19 Attitude scales 265

20 Repertory grid analysis 275

21 Using statistics in diagnostic and screening tests: Receiver Operating Characteristics 287

22 Capturing expert opinion: the Delphi technique 301

23 Capturing the user voice: Thurstone's paired comparison technique 309

24 Capturing the clinician's view: reliability measures 315

25 Undertaking systematic reviews 327


Appendix 1 Basic mathematical principles 337

Appendix 2 Statistical probability tables 341

Appendix 3 Answers to activities 359

Appendix 4 A sample critique of a published article 371

Glossary 391

Index 399

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