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Research Handbook for Health Care Professionals

ISBN: 978-1-4051-7737-5
202 pages
August 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Research Handbook for Health Care Professionals is the essential guide to the entire research process for students and practitioners alike. From conceiving an idea for a project to writing up the findings for publication, the book offers an overview of each stage plus hints and tips, recommendations for further reading and examples spanning a wide range of health professions.

The book comprises three sections: Getting Started, Doing Your Research and Writing Up and Dissemination, and includes chapters on key topics such as formulating your research question, writing the initial research protocol, application for ethical approval, research governance, collecting your data, research methods and preparing a poster for a conference.

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Getting started – planning your research.

1. Taking Stock.

2. Research Governance.

3. Formulating your research question.

4. Reviewing the literature.

5. Critically appraising papers.

6. Choosing the right research design.

7. Writing the initial research protocol.

8. Getting started with statistics.

9. Successful Grant Applications.

10. Obtaining approval for your research.

11. Participant consent.

Part 2: Doing your analysis.

12. Collecting your data.

13. Recruiting Volunteers.

14. Data management and analysis.

Part 3: Writing up and dissemination.

15. Disseminating your results.

16. Preparing for a conference presentation.

17. Writing a paper for a journal.

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Author Information

Mary Hickson is an experienced dietitian with a PhD and over ten years research experience. She is a Therapy Research Facilitator in the Therapy Services Division of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.
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The Wiley Advantage

  • Examples from across a range of allied health professions.
  • Recommended further reading.
  • Hints and Tips.
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