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Research Methods Knowledge Base - William M Trochim, Cornell University
This is a comprehensive web-based guide to research methods. The nearest thing to an on line textbook of this subject.
Other sources that may be useful include:
Emergency Medicine Journal series
Everyday statistics - 1
Everyday statistics - 2
Estimation - 1
Estimation - 2
Parametric comparison of two groups - 1
Parametric comparison of two groups - 2
Nonparametric comparison of two groups
University of Calgary Power Calculator
Databases - published research
MEDLINE - US National Library of Medicine
EMBASE - Excerpta Medica
Databases - research in progress
NHS National Research Register
Current research of interest to the NHS
Current research of interest to the US National Institutes of Health
Department of Health Central Office for Research Ethics Committes (COREC) http://www.corec.org.uk/
MRC guidance on good research conduct (ethics)
National Research Ethics Service (NRES)
Writing and submitting a paper
BMJ advice for authors http://www.bmj.com/advice/
Academic Emergency Medicine
Annals of Emergency Medicine
Journal of Trauma
Academic Careers Advice - Academy of Medical Sciences http://www.academicmedicine.ac.uk
BMJ jobs supplement-Which research degree?
Full-time research posts
MRC research career opportunities
Wellcome Career Development Programmes
Medical Research Council
Department of Health
Research and Development homepage
Research and Development funding in the NHS http://www.doh.gov.uk/research/documents/rd3/first_class_service.pdf
UK funding schemes
NHS Health Technology Assessment Funding Programme
NHS Service Delivery and Organisation Funding Programme
The Lancet http://www.thelancet.com/journal
New England Journal of Medicine http://content.nejm.org/
Emergency Medicine Journal http://emj.bmjjournals.com/
Annals of Emergency Medicine http://www.acep.org/1,156,0.html
Academic Emergency Medicine http://www.aemj.org/
Journal of Trauma http://www.jtrauma.com/
Postgraduate Medical Journal http://www.postgradmedj.com/
CoursesTaught courses in research methods vary from one day courses providing an introduction to statistics or qualitative methods, to Masters degree courses in Health Services Research. These courses usually cover quantitative and qualitative design and analysis, health economics, epidemiology and statistics, systematic reviews and critical appraisal. They provide a good general grounding in research methods for anyone interested in pursuing an academic career.
Trent Institute http://www.trentinstitute.org.uk/
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Bristol University Department of Social Medicine
University College London
Research Methods for Health Professionals http://www.ucl.ac.uk/primcare-popsci/education/postgrad/
res_methods_hprofs.htm is a one year course in quantitative and qualitative research methods aimed at junior doctors. The Masters in Health Services Research http://www.ucl.ac.uk/primcare-popsci/education/postgrad/mres.htm takes one year full-time or two years part-time.
The Nuffield Institute for Health http://www.leeds.ac.uk/content/home/home.aspThe MA in Health Service Studies (Research) is a one year full-time, or two years part-time, Masters course in health services research methods.
Research in Health Care. Crombie I K & Davies H T O. John Wiley and sons.
An excellent introduction to research methodology. Well worth reading before you commence any research project.
Clinical Epidemiology: A Basic Science for Clinical Medicine. Sackett D L, Haynes R B, Guyatt, G H & Tugwell P. Little, Brown and Company.
The 'bible' of evidence based medicine. A good way to ensure your research is favourably appraised is to understand critical appraisal before you start.
Epidemiology in Medicine. Hennekens CH, Buring JE. Little, Brown and Co.
Basic epidemiological principals lie behind a proper understanding of research methods. This is a good, readable book to remind/familiarize you with the key issues.
Methods for the Economic Evaluation of Health Care Programmes. Drummond M F, O'Brien B, Stoddart G L & Torrance G W. Oxford Medical Publications.
Essential reading for anyone contemplating an economic evaluation. Also useful if you want to understand what health economists are talking about.
Randomised controlled trials. Jadad A. BMJ Books.
A very readable book covering the key issues that need to be considered by anyone undertaking, or wishing to understand, a randomised controlled trial.
Medical statistics: A Commonsense Approach. Campbell M J & Machin D. John Wiley and sons.
Statistics are sometimes seen as just a p value and a funny sounding test that gives credibility to your study. This book explains the many valuable ways that an understanding of statistics can improve the validity of your research.
Practical Statistics for Medical Research. Altman D G. Chapman & Hall.
A more detailed statistical text yet starting from an assumption of little statistical knowledge.
Statistics with Confidence. Altman D G, Machin D, Bryant T N & Gardner M J. BMJ Books.
Medical journals are encouraging researchers to move away from hypothesis testing, with p values, and towards estimation, with confidence intervals. This book provides the explanations and simplifies the process by including some idiot proof computer software.
Health Services Research Methods: A Guide to Best Practice. Black N, Brazier J, Fitzpatrick R & Reeves B (Eds.) BMJ Books.
An advanced text relating to recent advances in research methodology.
How to Write a Paper. Hall G M (Ed.). BMJ Books.
Written by a variety of authors who have published research or been involved in the editorial process. Even if you don't agree with what they say, you would be wise to take note if you want your research to be published.
Qualitative Research in Health Care. Mays N & Pope C. BMJ Books.
A concise introduction to qualitative research containing papers originally published in the BMJ. (See link from <qualitative research>)