Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences

Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences, 6th Edition

Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences, 6th Edition,Stephen Polgar,Shane Thomas,ISBN9780702041945


Churchill Livingstone



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This popular textbook provides a concise, but comprehensive, overview of health research as an integrated, problem-solving process. It bridges the gap between health research methods and evidence-based clinical practice, making it an essential tool for students embarking on research. Practitioners also benefit from guidance on interpreting the ever-expanding published research in clinical and scientific journals, to ensure their practice is up to date and evidence-based and to help patients understand information obtained online.

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Key Features

  • Uses simple language and demystifies research jargon
  • Covers both quantitative and qualitative research methodology, taking a very practical approach
  • Gives examples directly related to the health sciences.
  • Each chapter contains a self-assessment test to that the reader can sure they know all the important points.
  • Provides an extensive glossary for better understanding of the language of research.

Stephen Polgar

BSc(Hons), MSc

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia

Shane Thomas

DipPubPol, PhD, MAPS

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and Director of Primary Care Research, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences, 6th Edition

Polgar & Thomas: Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences 6E



Section 1: The scientific method.

1 - Methods and health research

Section 2: Research planning.

2 - Research planning.

3 - Sampling methods and external validity.

Section 3: Research designs.

4 - Experimental designs and intervention studies.

5 - Surveys and quasi-experimental designs.

6 - Single case (n=1) designs.

7- Qualitative research. Discussion, questions and answers.

Section 4: Data collection.

8 - Questionnaire design.

9 - Interview techniques and the analysis of interview data.

10 - Observation.

11 - Measurement. Discussion, questions and answers.

Section 5: Descriptive statistics.

12 - Organisation and presentation of data.

13 - Measures of central tendency and variability.

14 - Standard scores and normal curve.

15 - Correlation. Discussion, questions and answers.

Section 6: Inferential statistics.

16 - Probability and sampling distributions.

17 - Selection and use of statistical tests.

18 - The interpretation of research evidence. Discussion, questions and answers.

Section 7: Dissemination and critical evaluation of research.

19 - Qualitative data analysis.

20 - Presentation of health science research.

21 - Critical evaluation of published research.

22 - Syntheses of research evidence.

23 - Transitional research

24 - Safe and effective intervention criteria


References and further reading.

Answers to questions.


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