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Research Literacy for Health and Community Practice introduces students to fundamental research concepts that will enable them to think critically about research and to recognize effective methods for understanding and utilizing research for practice. Rather than outlining methods for conducting research, this textbook outlines skills for engaging with research literature, including how to frame and organize knowledge, interpret and evaluate evidence using qualitative and quantitative approaches, distinguish between research and other forms of information, and implement “best evidence” practices.
Offering a wealth of exercises, recommended readings, online resources, and in-class activities, this textbook satisfies the need for practical, beginner-level resources in research literacy courses across health studies disciplines.
Table of Contents
List of Figures, Tables, and Boxes
Introduction to Research Literacy for Health and Community Practice
What Are Knowledge and Evidence?
How Is Research Framed and Organized, and How Are Ethics Applied?
How Do I Search the Evidence for Practice?
How Do I Approach the Appraisal of a Research Paper?
How Do I Understand and Interpret Qualitative Research Papers?
How Do I Understand and Interpret Quantitative Research Papers?
How Do I Know What Is Best Evidence for Practice?
How Do I Use Research in Practice?
Further Resources and Links
Appendix A: Practice Exam Questions
Appendix B: Learning Activities