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Reading Research

Reading Research

A User-Friendly Guide for Health Professionals

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Learn how to evaluate and apply health sciences research with this beginners guide! Reading Research:: A User-Friendly Guide for Health Professionals, 7th Edition provides a clear introduction to reading and understanding research articles, with practical guidelines for implementing research into clinical practice. It describes how to interpret common research methods including qualitative, quantitative and mixed-method approaches, and explains how to find relevant, reliable research on the internet. Written by Barbara Davies and Jo Logan, both of whom are noted educators and research experts, this easy-to-use pocket guide is ideal for both students and health professionals.

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  • 1 Introduction

    Why Read Research Articles?

    Some Friendly Advice About Reading Research Articles

    Check Out the Readers Companion Worksheets

    2 Easy Steps for Reading Research

    Title Abstract


    Theory Issues



    Part 1: Qualitative Design Methods

    Rigour in Qualitative Studies

    Sample and Setting

    Data Collection

    Data Analysis and Results

    Part 2: Quantitative Design Methods

    Experimental Designs

    Non-Experimental Designs

    Rigour in Quantitative Studies


    Data Collection

    How to Judge the Rigour of a Data Collection Tool

    Sensitivity and Specificity

    Data Analysis and Results

    Descriptive Statistics

    Inferential Statistics

    Part 3: Mixed Methods Research

    Mixed Methods Study Characteristics

    Mixed Methods Data Collection and Analysis

    Results and Discussion

    A Final Suggestion: The Acknowledgements

    3 Finding Interesting Research Results

    Where and How to Start

    Define Your Clinical Question

    Steps in Constructing a PICO Chart

    Search a Database for Relevant Research

    Search Terms

    How Far Back Should You Search?

    Review Articles

    How to Read the Fictional Forest Plot Depicting a Meta-Analysis

    Appraising Reviews

    Searching the Internet for Research Articles

    Peer Review

    A Cautionary Note About Predatory or Fake Journals on the Internet

    How Will I Know If a Journal Is Fake?

    Why Should I Be Concerned If the Paper Is Published in a Predatory Journal

    Web Portals

    Other Types of Databases

    Keeping Up to Date

    Social Media: Facebook

    4 Using Research Results

    Research Utilization

    The Questions to Ask

    Clinical Practice Guidelines

    Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation

    Practice Guideline Websites

    The Decision to Use Research Results

    Gathering Support and Resources

    Want to Learn More?



    Journals That Publish Peer-Reviewed Research


    1. Qualitative Research: The Readers Companion Worksheet

    2. Quantitative Research: The Readers Companion Worksheet

    3. Mixed Methods Research: The Readers Companion


    4. Systematic Reviews: The Readers Companion Worksheet

    5. Using Research Results: The Readers Companion


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