Getting Started in Health Research
November 2011, BMJ Books
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Not everyone in clinical research is a scientific investigator. In fact, a large proportion of health professionals undertaking a research project are working in clinical care, as junior doctors, nurses or allied health professionals. For them a book that begins with the basics of study design and takes them through all the stages to data collection, analysis, and submission for publication is vital. Getting Started in Health Research is the answer. It provides fundamental information on:
- Framing the research question
- Performing the literature search
- Choosing the study design
- Collecting data
- Getting funding
- Recruiting participants
- Writing your paper
Lively case studies provide a continuous narrative, addressing the pitfalls and problems that can occur.
Calling upon their vast experience of teaching health research methodology, these authors have turned a seemingly daunting task into a challenging and enjoyable prospect.
Reviews of Understanding Clinical Papers
"...an excellent basis for all who intend to write scientific texts as well as those reading, evaluating, and trying to understand the results..."
Clinical Chemistry, May 2007
"What makes this book unique is that each point presented is illustrated with excerpts from actual papers, often three or four per chapter...this is a very effective teaching device."
Journal of the American Medical Association, December 26, 2006
"What strikes the reader ... straight away is clarity ... promises to become a recommended text for undergraduate and postgraduate courses."
Journal of Tropical Pediatrics, September 2006
"This book should be an essential addition to the personal libraries of all health care workers . . . "