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Introduction to Health Research Methods, Second Edition

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    Second Edition
    ISBN: 9781284094381

Kathryn H. Jacobsen

A step-by-step guide to conducting research in medicine, public health, and other health sciences

This clear, practical, and straightforward text demystifies the research process and empowers students (and other new investigators) to conduct their own original research projects.

In five sections, Introduction to Health Research Methods describes the entire research process beginning with the identification of a research question and the selection of a study approach, proceeding through the collection and analysis of data and the preparation of a formal scientific report, and ending with academic and professional presentations and publishing.

By breaking the research process down into manageable steps, Introduction to Health Research Methods communicates the excitement and importance of health research—and encourages readers to make their own contribution to improving the health of individuals and communities through research.

The Second Edition is a thorough update that offers:
  • NEW chapter on research funding that explains how to find grant opportunities, write proposals, and manage grants
  • Many new examples of research types such as monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and health services research
  • Coverage of new topics including professional organizations and professional development opportunities, qualitative studies, big data, and health informatics
  • Expanded coverage of research ethics and laws
  • A comprehensive walk through of key writing strategies that includes timelines for abstract submission, conference presentations, and article submissions
  • Improved and expanded coverage of Tertiary Analyses to include examples of eligibility criteria, quality assessment, and qualitative and quantitative analysis methods

Table of Contents:
About the Author  
What’s New to the Second Edition?  
    Chapter  1  The Health Research Process
  STEP 1  Identifying a Study Question
    Chapter  2  Selecting a General Topic
    Chapter  3  Reviewing the Literature
    Chapter  4  Focusing the Research Question
    Chapter  5  Collaboration and Mentorship
    Chapter  6  Coauthoring
  STEP 2  Selecting a Study Approach
    Chapter  7  Overview of Study Designs
    Chapter  8  Case Series
    Chapter  9  Cross-Sectional Surveys
    Chapter  10  Case-Control Studies
    Chapter  11  Cohort Studies
    Chapter  12  Experimental Studies
    Chapter  13  Qualitative Studies
    Chapter  14  Correlational (Ecological) Studies
  STEP 3  Designing the Study and Collecting Data
    Chapter  15  Research Protocols
    Chapter  16  Population Sampling
    Chapter  17  Sample Size Estimation
    Chapter  18  Questionnaire Development
    Chapter  19  Surveys and Interviews
    Chapter  20  Additional Assessments
    Chapter  21  Secondary Analyses
    Chapter  22  Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses
    Chapter  23  Ethical Considerations
    Chapter  24  Ethical Review and Approval
    Chapter  25  Writing Grant Proposals
  STEP 4  Analyzing Data
    Chapter  26  Data Management
    Chapter  27  Descriptive Statistics
    Chapter  28  Comparative Statistics
    Chapter  29  Regression Analysis
    Chapter  30  Additional Analysis Tools
  STEP 5  Analyzing Data
    Chapter  31  Posters and Presentations
    Chapter  32  Article Structure
    Chapter  33  Citing
    Chapter  34  Critical Editing
    Chapter  35  Writing Success Strategies
    Chapter  36  Reasons to Publish
    Chapter  37  Selecting Target Journals
    Chapter  38  Manuscript Submission
    Chapter  39  Review, Resubmission, and Publication

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