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Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Polgar , Shane A. Thomas
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Like the previous versions, the fifth edition of An Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences has two overall aims. 1) To introduce the fundamental principles of research methodology and explain how these principles are applied for conducting research in the health sciences. 2) To demonstrate how evidence produced through research is applied to solving problems in everday health care. This book is written in an accessible style. It maintains the traditions of the previous editions, with examples, questions, feedback sections, and an extensive glossary.
  • Uses simple language and demystifies the jargon
  • Provides built-in feedback for readers to assess their own progress
  • Gives examples relating directly to the health sciences
  • Provides an extensive glossary for better understanding of the language of research
  • Addresses qualitative as well as quantitative research issues
  • Includes a chapter focussing on the use of qualitative methods in health research
  • Includes a chapter for discussing systematic reviews and meta-analyses
  • Contains more revision questions
    Increased emphasis throughout on evidence based concepts
  • More and updated discussion of qualitative research methods
  • New section on basic epidemiological concepts as a research approach
  • More discussion of analysis and use of administrative and secondary data sets as research resources
  • Complete rewrite of the chapter on causal research
  • Stronger links between the sections on different stages of research


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As a second year student with a research proposal looming, this book will prove extremely useful. The chapters are laid out in a logical and easy to follow way, and explanations of key areas are easily understandable.

The self assessment sections allow the student to track their progress and check their understanding. Overall, I would recommend this book to any student, like myself, who finds the thought of research methods frightening!!!!

- Laura Culpan, Physiotherapy Student, University of Bradford, UK.


As a first year Physio student I've not yet embarked on a research project. I have, however, found this book extremely useful to assist in the critical evaluation of research papers as it discusses all aspects from sampling to statistical analysis, including advantages and disadvantages of different methods.

I have also found the section on statistics extremely useful as I was finding it difficult understanding results and their statistical significance in papers as it's not something I've previously been taught.

I feel that this book will be invaluable to me throughout and after my degree when I will be involved at research projects at various levels.

- Mayuri Butchart, Physiotherapy Student, King's College London, UK.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2680 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Churchill Livingstone; 5 edition (24 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0066BMR6M
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Student Review - 5th Edition (2008) 18 Feb. 2008
Format:Paperback
I wish I had had this book last semester! Having just had my first dabble in writing a research report in my second year of my physiotherapy degree, this book would have been invaluable. It covers the basic principles of health research, writing a research report and how to apply to problem solving in practice.

It is primarily aimed at students, those who are entering the world of research for the first time but also for individuals who need to be able to understand published research. It provides a good introduction to the different aspects involved and arms you with enough information to be able to critique research papers.

Each of the chapters are well structured, with examples given to clarify explanations and each end with a self assesment. In addition, at the end of each section there is a discussion with questions that allow you to apply the theory to a health research example.

Statistical software packages are touched but ony the very basic principles. For use on actually using the software you would need to reference a more specific text.

As students we are developing our ability to critique and apply, and the last section of this book encompasses this. It introduces how to critically evaluate, how systematic reviews are conducted and how to assess validity.

This book will be a valued addition as I progress through my degree and into practice. I really like it... simple enough to understand but with enough depth to provide a thorough grounding.
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Format:Paperback
Despite the title I felt this book gave a very comprehensive account of the research process. Its emphasis is more on quantitative than qualitative methods. It is very clearly written with excellent self-assessment questions to help the reader measure their progress. There was a thorough explanation of some of the common statistical tests although others were considered to be beyond the scope of this introductory textbook. The glossary of research terms was very useful but omitted to include notation. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone contemplating research or undertaking a research module.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for Physiotherapy Students and other AHP's 26 July 2011
Format:Paperback
I am a third year physiotherapy student about to write a research proposal and i would recommend this book highly. It has a clear understandable outline of how to construct a research proposal and the different methods of research. It talks in detail, with examples, on internal and external validity, sampling, selection and analysis. It also has a section on writing for publication.

I would say this book is more targeted at quantitative research but it does cover some qualitative research.

If you are new to physiotherapy research then i would recommend this as a starting point. You will need to cross reference with other texts to get a more detailed overview but for the first time researcher it is a must.
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5.0 out of 5 stars also great to help understand research papers 24 Feb. 2008
By MB
Format:Paperback
As a first year Physio student I've not yet embarked on a research project. I have, however, found this book extremely useful to assist in the critical evaluation of research papers as it discusses all aspects from sampling to statistical analysis including advantages and disadvantages to different methods.

I have also found the section on statistics extremely useful as I was finding it difficult understanding results and their statistical significance in papers as it's not something I've previously been taught.

I feel that this book will be invaluable to me throughout and after my degree when I will be involved in research projects at various levels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Polgar and Thomas's `Introduction To Research Methods In The Health Sciences' is an excellent book for any student within health science who needs to complete a dissertation/ final year project or even those who desire to understand more about research.

The layout takes the reader logically through the stages of research: Planning, design, Data collection and statistics directed by a clear contents, index and glossary. Chapters are nicely broken down into specific topics so it is easier to read and find exactly what you are looking for. Use of colour and text add to the ease of use. The summaries at the end of each chapter are great if you want to get a feel for an area of research without reading the entire chapter. And the self assessment section at the end of each chapter is a great way to ensure you have understood the content and can apply it. Use of tables and graphs break down the text, again making for ease of use and are also a tool for aiding understanding of the theories/ practicalities of research and how they are applied. There is also an excellent chapter on critical evaluation of research which is especially useful when considering evidenced based practice and the true value of research.

Only complaints are the limited referral to references within the text. However for an introduction this may be asking too much.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extremelly detailed introduction into research 30 Mar. 2009
Format:Paperback
Polgar and Thomas's `Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences' is an extremely useful and detailed book regarding the field of research. The book has a logical layout and the self-assessment questions at the end of each chapter allow readers to put the theory into practice, which is essential for all health and social care professionals. As a third year student nurse I feel that this is a great book for completing final year dissertations and research projects. However, I feel that this book maybe quite daunting for first and early second years on health and social care courses due to its complex nature. Overall an impressive text which I would recommend to all second and third year students who are completing research units and to qualified professionals who are undertaking and participating in research.
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