With the increasing emphasis on evidence-based practice, there is a need for all health and social care professionals to understand the principles of general and clinical research.
In the United Kingdom and several other countries, this had led to a proliferation of advanced programs, including for those seeking doctorate degrees. In this book, the editors introduce readers to the principles and practice of clinical research.
Eighteen chapters and three appendices provide guidance on the different stages of a research project, from inception to the dissemination of results. Topics include:
• steps to engage in practice-based research;
• ethical questions surrounding research;
• sources of funding;
• collecting and collating data.
Contributing authors emphasize the need to critically appraise literature before carrying out a research project. They also explain the stages of a research project and share insights on where to go for more information.
The book includes an index, a glossary, and charts and figures to promote learning. Discussion questions reinforce critical material.