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Introduction to Research - Elsevier eBook on VitalSource (Retail Access Card), 5th Edition


Bridge the gap between research and practice with Introduction to Research: Understanding and Applying Multiple Strategies, 5th Edition. This easy-to-read edition covers all the major research design strategies: qualitative, quantitative, naturalistic, experimental-type, and mixed method. And with the text’s up-to-date research information and references, you will have a solid foundation from which to critique and understand research designs and their applications to healthcare and human service settings.

  • Offers a balanced approach to various research methods and multiple research strategies, including qualitative, quantitative, naturalistic and experimental-type, and more.
  • Presents complex information in a clear, highly readable, and easy-to-understand manner.
  • Keeps information relevant to today's health care environment with real-world "snapshots" and a final Stories from the Field chapter.
  • Includes detailed discussions of qualitative and quantitative methodologies, a unique and balanced focus that makes this text more comprehensive than others in its field.
  • Covers experimental-type, naturalistic, and mixed method design strategies, improving your ability to compare, contrast, and integrate different methods.
  • Evolve online resources include statistics math tips to accompany Chapter 19, crossword puzzles, useful weblinks, and sample forms.
  • Reflects recent changes in the field, including new material on preparing poster presentations, community and participatory research, translation issues, and advanced scale development, giving you the tools you need to devise successful research studies.

  • Includes expanded evidence-based material and occupational therapy-specific information, discussing the methods used in each study.

Part I: Introduction

1. Research as an important way of knowing

2. Essentials of research

Part II: Thinking Processes

3. Philosophical foundations

4. Framing the problem

5. Developing a knowledge base through review of the literature

6. Theory in research

7. Formulating research questions and queries

8. Language and thinking processes

Part III: Design approaches

9. Experimental-type designs

10. Naturalistic inquiry designs

Part IV: Action processes

11. Setting the boundaries of a study

12. Protecting the boundaries

13. Boundary setting in experimental-type designs

14. Boundary setting in naturalistic designs

15. Collecting information

16. Measurement in experimental-type research

17. Gathering information in naturalistic inquiry

18. Preparing and organizing data

19. Statistical analysis for experimental-type research

20. Analysis in naturalistic inquiry

21. Sharing research knowledge before the study

22. Sharing research knowledge during and after the study

Part V: Improving practice through inquiry

23. Case study designs

24. Reciprocal role of research & practice

25. Stories from the field

Appendix: Informed consent documents


Elizabeth DePoy, PhD, OTR, MSW, University of Maine, Orono, ME and Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
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