Health Science Research: A Handbook of Quantitative Methods

Author: Jennifer Peat

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  • ISBN: 9780761974031
  • Author: Jennifer Peat
  • Publ Date: 2001-09-11
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  • Pages: 328
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  • Status: ACT
  • ID - 68787

Table of Contents :

Reviewing the Literature Planning the Study Selecting the Measurements Calculating the Sample Size Conducting the Study Analyzing the Data Reporting the Results Appraising Research Protocols


Health Science Research is written as a user friendly research, reference and study tool. It is organised into eight chapters, each of which covers a specific area of conducting a research study. All areas are covered from: * forming the research question * planning and conducting the study * preparing a grant application This text book will be of particular value to scientists, research assistants, qualified or trainee physicians, nurses and allied health workers. It will also be an essential companion for students in all disciplines who want to learn more about how to do good research. The book also includes good coverage of topics which are sometimes a weakness in other health research texts (eg. study design, sample size, and reporting)


"This book is an excellent introduction to conducting studies in health science research...each chapter is laid out clearly...the book is well written, and the material is rich and carefully organized." -- X. Joan Hu Journal of the American Statistical Association

Author Biography:

Contributions to research Dr Peat has made a number of valuable contributions to research including: * During her PhD studies, a fruitful collaboration with Dr Euan Tovey led to ground-breaking research into the link between allergen exposure and asthma in children * Dr Peat Identified the major risk factors for asthma, which culminated in the establishment of the Childhood Asthma Prevention Study (CAPS) in 1997, an internationally significant, randomised controlled trial, to test methods of asthma prevention in early childhood Career highlights As a senior researcher, Dr Peat was responsible for managing the epidemiology team at the Woolcock Institute for Medical Research. In 1996, Dr Peat became the Hospital Statistician at Westmead Children's Hospital. In 2000, she became an Associate Professor in the School of Paediatrics and Child Health of the University of Sydney. Dr Peat then worked part-time as Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Public Health, the Centre for Health Service Delivery and the Centre for Obesity Research at the University of Wollongong. Since 2004 has been an Adjunct Professor with the School of Paediatric Exercise Science at the Australian Catholic University NSW. She is also a consultant statistician with the Sydney Children's Clinical Trials Centre at Sydney Children's Hospital, the Department of Psychological Medicine at the Children's Hospital at Westmead, and the Research Office at Concord Repatriation General Hospital.


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