Understanding and Conducting Research in the Health Sciences, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1118594363
  • ISBN-13: 9781118594360
  • DDC: 610.72
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 544 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released March 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Research Methods for the Medical and Health Sciences is designed to develop and facilitate readers ability to conduct research and understand the practical value of systematic infromation-gathering and decision-making in the fields of medicine and the health sciences. The authors provide step-by-step coverage of the research process including research design, statistical considerations, and guidance on writing and presenting results. The book begins with an overview of the research process in the medicine, with discussion of ethics, reliability and validity of measurement, and related empirical methods. After chapters on writing a research report and reviewing literature, the authors delve into models for research designs, sampling, and key techniques for measuring, assessing, and evaluating information. Subsequent chapters explore common research designs, with topics of coverage including correlational research, between-subjects designs, single variable between-subjects research, between subjects factorial designs, and correlated groups designs. The book concludes with coverage of specific research designs including single-participant, longitudinal studies, quasi experimental designs, and research with categorical data. Each chapter features easy-to-follow explanations, interesting real-world examples, and numerous illustrations to help readers understand complex and abstract concepts.  Throughout the book, Research in Action sections present real-world applications of the discussed methodologies. Most chapters conclude with a list of key terms and ideas, and appendices at the end of the book provide additional notes on the statistics used throughout.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Dedication Page.
1: Overview of the Research Process.
2: Behavioral and Social Research in the Health Sciences.
3: Ethics and Research.
4: The Foundations of Research.
5: An Overview of Empirical Methods.
6: Nuts and Bolts of Research.
7: Writing the Research Report.
8: Reviewing the Literature.
9: Sampling.
10: Assessments, Surveys, and Objective Measurement.
11: A Model for Research Design.
12: Common Research Designs.
13: Correlational Research.
14: Between-Subjects Designs.
15: Single-Variable Between-Subjects Research.
16: Between-Subjects Factorial Designs.
17: Correlated-Groups Designs.
18: Special Research Designs.
19: Single-Participant Experiments, Longitudinal Studies, and Quasi-Experimental Designs.
20: Research with Categorical Data.
21: Qualitative and Mixed-Methods Research.
Appendix A: Reviewing the Statistics behind the Research.
Appendix B: Statistical Tables.