Section 1 Getting started with research.-1 History of research.-2 FINDING A RESEARCH QUESTION.-3 Literature searching.-4 Literature evaluation and critique.-5 Reflective practice and the patient voice.-6 Ethical considerations.-Section 2 Research planning.-7 Planning your research study.-8 Types of information.-9 Epidemiological research methods.-10 Sampling errors, bias and objectivity.-11 Research outcome measures.-Section 3 Health technology assessment.-12 Health technology assessment.-Section 4 Dosimetry and service evaluation.- 13 Dosimetry.-14 Clinical audit.-Section 5 Data analysis.-15 Quantitative methods and analysis.-16 Qualitative analysis.-Section 5 Data analysis.-15 Quantitative methods and analysis.-16 Qualitative analysis.-Section 6 Writing up and disseminating.-17 Dissertation structure and presentation.-18 Writing for publication and presenting at conferences.-19 Applying for research funding.-20 Research writing: tips and common errors
This exciting new book equips radiography students and practitioners with the key skills and strategies required to undertake research within medical imaging and radiotherapy and to disseminate the research findings effectively. Quantitative and qualitative research methods are covered, with guidance provided on the entire research process, from literature researching, information management and literature evaluation through to data collection, data analysis, and writing up. Attention is drawn to sampling errors and other potential sources of bias, and the conduct of randomized controlled trials, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses are clearly explained. Specific instruction is given on the structure and presentation of dissertations, writing journal articles for publication, and the dissemination of research findings at conferences. Information on patient and public involvement in research and research funding bodies are also provided with advice on how to maximize the likelihood of success when submitting applications for funding.
Aarthi Ramlaul is a principal lecturer in diagnostic radiography and imaging at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. She has authored book chapters and edited two additional textbooks aimed at medical imaging practitioners. Aarthi is keen on engaging student radiographers/radiation technologists and practitioners in research related activities within the profession.