The revised Tomorrow's Doctors makes it clear that doctors need to be aware on their responsibilities as a scholar and scientist and it is therefore vital that students develop excellent critical thinking and research skills. While there are many ‘research skills’ books, medical students frequently struggle with understanding the difference between the practices of research, audit, service evaluation, systematic and narrative reviews and when and how to apply them. This book addresses the kinds of questions novice investigators always ask and helps students utilize study designs, data collection tools and analyze effectively. Key Features: • Builds an understanding of which approach is more appropriate in a specific context • Acknowledges the diverse types of investigation a doctor may become involved with • Addresses the questions most often asked by novice researchers • Draws on a variety of relevant examples to illustrate the use of different techniques
Introduction : Introduction
Reading through someone else's research or undertaking a piece of research yourself is an unavoidable and essential part of learning and later practising medicine. We are sure you've heard doctors say that they never stop learning: they read; they study; they watch others work; most importantly, though, when they come across something new they have to decide whether they ought to change the way they work. This is evidence-based medicine, and to understand exactly how big a problem a particular disease is, how risk in lifestyles (e.g. smoking or driving too fast) actually affects disease, how decisions are made to treat diseases in a specific way and whether medical interventions really work, understanding research is key.
This book is written specifically for medical ...