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Foundations of Clinical Research: Applications to Practice, CourseSmart eTextbook, 3rd Edition

By Leslie Gross Portney, Mary P. Watkins

Published by Prentice Hall

Published Date: Jan 24, 2008

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Foundations of Clinical Research: Applications to Practice, 3/e serves as a comprehensive reference for a variety of research situations. This edition reflects the contemporary focus on evidence-based practice in health care, and the essential concepts for understanding analysis and research design. Expanded topics include measures of diagnostic accuracy, statistical estimates of validity and reliability, systematic reviews and meta-analysis, search strategies and critical appraisal of literature for clinical decision making and development of research. Written for those in the health professions, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, nursing, and exercise physiology, this text will be useful to developing clinicians, practitioners, graduate students and researchers.

Table of Contents

Part I: Foundations of Clinical Research

1.       A Concept of Clinical Research

2.       The Role of Theory in Clinical Research

3.       Ethical Issues in Clinical Research


Part II: Concepts of Measurement

4.       Principles of Measurement

5.       Reliability of Measurements

6.       Validity of Measurements


Part III: Designing Clinical Research

7.       Asking the Research Question

8.       Sampling

9.       Validity in Experimental Design

10.    Experimental Designs

11.    Quasi-Experimental Designs

12.    Single Subject Designs

13.    Exploratory Research: Observational Designs

14.    Descriptive Research

15.    Surveys and Questionnaires

16.    Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses


 Part IV: Data Analysis

17.    Descriptive Analysis

18.    Statistical Inference

19.    Comparing Two Means: The t-test

20.    Comparing More Than Two Means: Analysis of Variance

21.    Multiple Comparison Tests

22.    Nonparametric Tests for Group Comparisons

23.    Correlation

24.    Regression

25.    Measures of Association for Categorical Variables: Chi-Square

26.    Statistical Measures of Reliability

27.    Statistical Measures of Validity

28.    Epidemiology: Measures of Risk

29.    Multivariate Analysis

30.    Data Management


Part V: Communication

31.    Writing a Research Proposal

32.    Reporting the Results of Clinical Research

33.    Evaluating Research Reports

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