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Introduction to research in the health sciences, 5th ed.


Introduction to research in the health sciences, 5th ed.

Polgar, Stephen and Shane A. Thomas.

Churchill Livingstone


334 pages




Popular as a classroom text for 20 years, this edition has been thoroughly updated to reflect current research and practice and seeks to bridge the gap between health research methods and current evidence-based clinical practice. Comprehensive yet accessible enough for use by students and professionals in all health care fields, this treats health research as an integrated, problem-solving process. Polgar (public health, La Trobe U.) and Thomas (primary care research, Monash U.) cover the process in 24 chapters, starting with explanations of the scientific method and proceeding to research planning, research designs, data collection, descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, dissemination of research, and critical evaluation. The authors provide examples, models, templates, discussion questions for classroom or in-service use, exercises and answers. The sections on interpreting data are especially useful.

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