A Podiatrist's Guide to Using Research by Ian Mathieson BSc(Hons) PhD MChS, Dominic Upton

By Ian Mathieson BSc(Hons) PhD MChS, Dominic Upton

This identify is directed essentially in the direction of health and wellbeing care execs open air of the us. This identify provides useful and jargon-free tips for practitioners seeking to comprehend, critique and use study to underpin their medical decision-making. The authors discover the rules and strategies utilized by the energetic researcher to assist shoppers of analysis increase the talents they should method and constructively use the vast facts to be had to consolidate and improve their very own perform. With a demystifying and down-to-earth technique all through, this publication examines the mechanics and ideas of literature searches and the way to formulate acceptable inquiries to advisor looking and extract proper details; seems at structures of serious appraisal; discusses learn equipment in a focussed dialogue that makes use of case stories as examples; explores how the ensuing improved appraisal and knowing can tell adjustments in perform; and considers the reason for switch and the way expert and reasoned switch in perform will be measured to watch outcomes.

  • Integrative procedure provides an realizing of analysis technique within the context of the necessities of evidence-based practice
  • Practical and jargon-free technique demystifies research
  • Many ‘key element’ bins and case experiences give a contribution to ease of understanding
  • Examples from various varied health and wellbeing professions
  • Frequent hyperlinks to modern literature

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What are the constraints on your search? Do you have to complete it within the next 5 minutes, 5 hours, 5 days, 5 weeks? WHAT 4? What sources are suitable for the topic area? Do you need to search multiple sources? Do you have access to all these resources? WHAT 5? What is the extent of your literature search? How comprehensive do you need it to be? Do you need to find one viewpoint? Do you need to find all the literature relating to a particular topic or do you just need to identify the major themes?

These could be keywords, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) terms or index terms. This will ensure that you retrieve the articles that are most relevant to your search question. You will need to identify index terms for each of your important concepts. Some of the databases do all the hard work for you and will suggest the most sensible term you need whereas others allow you to search through the index. On the other hand, others do not provide this feature and you will have to look at how the results have been organised.

To be suitably armed to tackle the appraisal of a range of research reports we need to be familiar with a range of the available tools. This will also help us to develop our appraisal of any particular study appropriately, as we bring in additional questions to probe further where we see the need. Each tool adopts a slightly different approach, and using a variety of tools will encourage the development of the depth and breadth of knowledge that is required to confidently appraise the research with which we are routinely faced.

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